Ben Stokes reflects on 'bizarre' reprieve v West Indies

Ruben Hill
February 12, 2019

Umpire Rod Tucker signaled a no-ball, following confirmation from third umpire Chris Gaffaney.

Had this incident happened before April 2017, Stokes' departure from the field of play would have signalled the end of the matter.

As per the new code, which came into effect from October 2017, "An umpire shall intervene if satisfied that a batsman, not having been given out, has left the wicket under a misapprehension of being out".

Ben Stokes enjoyed a freaky reprieve as he rediscovered form with the bat in the final match of the Wisden Trophy in St Lucia.

Joe Denly added 20 runs off 50 balls (S/R 40.00) and Root and Buttler put on 38 runs for the fourth wicket before Stokes joined Buttler in a crucial stand that is the highest England have put together in the three-Test series to date.

"It was a weird bit of cricket all round". Stokes said: "It's a first for me and something that needs to be taken control of - I don't think in worldwide cricket you should be walking off into the changing rooms then two minutes later back out there". There was obviously a lot of cheering and I could have seen the amusing side of it.

Of the incident, he said: 'In global cricket you shouldn't be walking off, getting into the changing rooms, and then back out there two minutes later.

"Thank God for technology", said Stokes at the close of play. I tried to get myself back into the same frame of mind as when me and Jos were going out there.

"I've straightened my feet up and am batting on off stump. I took confidence from that, it was in the back of my mind knowing that this technique had worked for me and that gave me confidence". I was just trying to find the right tempo between being too aggressive and being too defensive. That can be a catalyst for how I want to play. I felt I was a bit stuck over the last couple of months and watching that innings at Lord's has done me the world of good'.

The first ball of the 17th over saw Jennings steer a delivery from Keemo Paul (brought in to replace the suspended skipper Jason Holder) tamely to the slips on his recall to the Test side after being dropped for the second Test.

"It was a good day, I got two wickets", he said post the day. I know my role, I know what to do with the ball.

Kemar Roach, a constant nemesis throughout the series, removed four batsman with one apiece for the intimidating Shannon Gabriel and Alzarri Joseph. "It's a relaxing role for me to come in to".

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