Published: Sat, January 25, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Ben Stokes Fined, Given Demerit Point For Using "Audible Obscenity"

Ben Stokes Fined, Given Demerit Point For Using

England all-rounder Ben Stokes may have been a mere accomplice during teammate, Jos Buttler's foul-mouthed rant earlier in the series against South Africa, but could well have thrust himself into the spotlight.

Camera IconEngland batsman Ben Stokes reacts after being dismissed during Day One of the Fourth Test between South Africa and England.

I wish to apologise for my language after my dismissal. He shouted "come and say it to me outside the ground" before aiming two expletives at the person.

Ben Stokes is caught at first slip by Rassie van der Dussen after edging a Anrich Nortje delivery.

"I admit my reaction was unprofessional, and I sincerely apologise for the language I used, especially to the many young fans watching the live telecast around the world", Stokes said.

The England team declined to immediately comment on the incident, citing the need to wait to hear if match referee Andy Pycroft of Zimbabwe was going to take any action. Zak Crawley starred with the bat by scoring his maiden Test fifty on a rain-shortened opening day. He was voted the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year at the end of 2019.

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But his apparent challenge to the fan to have a fight outside the stadium dragged up a checkered disciplinary past. He was acquitted after he said he got involved to defend a gay couple from homophobic abuse.

The incident happened on the first day's play at the Wanderers on Friday. He was still fined and banned by the England and Wales Cricket Board for bringing the game into disrepute. Stokes also received one demerit point for a level one breach of the ICC Code of Conduct.

South Africa's Kagiso Rabada was banned from the final Test after being deemed to have celebrated the dismissal of England captain Joe Root too aggressively during the third Test.

This was at the heat of the fourth and crucial Test against the host, where he was removed rather cheaply in his first innings since bagging his ninth century in the game's longest format.

A centurion in the second match in Cape Town, Sibley was strangled down the leg side on 44 as Beuran Hendricks claimed a wicket on his Test debut.

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