England and Australia’s cricketers marked the death of Nelson Mandela by wearing black armbands for day two of the second Test in Adelaide, as well as observing a minute’s silence.

The second day’s play got underway at midnight, with Australia resuming on 273-5

The Australian players also donned black armbands yesterday as a mark of respect for Marcus North, who recently lost brother Lucas in a road accident.

But  both the hosts and Alastair Cook’s men have paid their respects to former South African president Mandela today. The teams lined up before play started for a minute’s silence and the crowd stood as one as a picture of Mandela was displayed on the Adelaide Oval’s big screen.

Once it was over, the ground erupted into huge cheers for the man known in his homeland as ‘Madiba’.

It must have been a particularly poignant tribute for England, who have South African-born players Kevin Pietersen and Matt Prior among their number.

source: metro UK