Explained: Why the England and Australia players are wearing black armbands for the first Ashes Test | ENG v AUS

Explained: Why the England and Australia players are wearing black armbands for the first Ashes Test | ENG v AUS

The England and Australia teams will wear black armbands and observe a moment’s silence on the first day of the men’s and women’s Ashes series following the Nottingham attacks, in which three people were killed earlier this week.

Two of those were students at the University of Nottingham, Barnaby Webber and Grace O’Malley-Kumar, and keen cricketers. O’Malley-Kumar represented England at hockey at the age-group level and played for Woodford Wells Cricket Club in London. Webber was a member of Bishops Hull Cricket Club in Somerset, and had been selected for the university team. The third victim, Ian Coates, was a popular school caretaker.

A 31-year-old man is being questioned on suspicion of murder.

In response to the tragedy, England’s and Australia’s cricke

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