Wednesday 22 November 2017

England team booed at Mumford and Sons concert in South Africa

Lead singer shouting out 'this one's for the England cricket team' does not go down well with Pretoria crowd

Marcus Mumford and the England lads enjoyed a night to remember Photo: INSTAGRAM
Marcus Mumford and the England lads enjoyed a night to remember Photo: INSTAGRAM

One of the first things any performer learns is to know your audience.

This message though appears not to have got through to Marcus Mumford, lead singer of Mumford and Sons, who caused a bit of a star in Pretoria on Sunday night.

As South Africa and England continue to battle it out on the cricket pitch, Mumford said before bursting into song: "This one’s for the England cricket team."

The reaction from the crowd was predictably hostile, as the band were met with whistles and boos by the partisan South Africa crowd.

Mumford had hoped the dedication would be well received by the England cricketers in the crowd, and fast bowler Stuart Broad uploaded a video of the incident, with the caption: "This ones for the England cricket team." Got a lively reaction here in South Africa!!"

Despite the reception, the England cricketers appeared to have thoroughly enjoyed their night out, with Broad, ODI captain Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler sharing pictures of the gig.

Brilliant night watching @mumfordandsons

A photo posted by @stuartbroad8 on

England's focus will now turn to the third ODI, which takes place on Tuesday at Centurion. The tourists are 2-0 up in the five-match ODI series, having already won the Test series 2-1.

After such success, the boys were probably due a bit of time letting their hair down.

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