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Ben Horne and staff writersThe West Australian
VideoSecurity caught napping as protesters invade ODI

SCG security staff took more than 90 seconds to remove environmental protesters, and appeared to practice social distancing when they eventually did escort them from the field, in extraordinary scenes to start the Australian cricket summer.

Two men wearing face masks and holding up signs which read “NO $1B ADANI LOAN” made it out to the centre of the SCG and were able to parade in and around the players for what seemed an eternity before ground security became aware.

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Even when they did, most of the guards appeared to be walking or cautiously strolling out to the middle, and when they reached the men they seemed reluctant to physically touch them.

It seems COVID-19 has also stopped the practice of pitch invaders and streakers being crash tackled to the turf or frog-marched from the field.

Instead, it was a bizarre introduction to the age of socially distanced security, with fans and players bemused at the length of the delay and the apparent lack of urgency being shown.

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With some limited physical guidance and restraint from officials, the protesters were eventually guided off the field.

Aaron Finch looks on.
Camera IconAaron Finch looks on. Credit: DEAN LEWINS/AAPIMAGE

The men were protesting against the State Bank of India loaning Indian conglomerate Adani $1 billion for its Carmichael coal mine in central Queensland.

Environmentalists fear the coal mine could have an irreversible impact on the Australian environment, including the Great Barrier Reef.

It came amid a fine start for Australia, who raced to 0-107 after 21 overs as Aaron Finch (55no) and Dave Warner (43no) settled in early.

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