Ben Stokes has been going through a purple patch in his career. He won the ICC cricketer of the year award for his outstanding performances which included his world cup final and the Ashes heroics. Apart from being a successful cricketer, he remains in the headlines for his controversial acts.
On Friday during the fourth Test against South Africa, the all-rounder involved in a spat with a spectator, who insulted him. On his way to pavilion after his dismissal for mere 2, Stokes reacted seeing a fan on live TV. According to the television footage, he appeared saying, “Come say that to me outside the ground, you f***ing four-eyed c**t.”
Witnesses shared to the Guardian newspaper that a middle-aged man, wearing a South Africa one-day cricket team shirt, had insulted Stokes. He allegedly referred to him a “ginger c*nt” and also likened him to pop star, Ed Sheeran. However, he claimed that he faced repeated abuse. He confirmed that he behaved unprofessionally but also shared that staff and players faced personal abuse.
However, Stokes later took to Twitter and apologized for his behaviour. He said, “I wish to apologize for my language that was heard on the live broadcast today after my dismissal. I should not have reacted in that way. As I was leaving the playing area, I was subjected to repeated abuse from the crowd.”
Due to his behaviour, he might face disciplinary action, which is a level one offence according to the International Cricket Council’s code of conduct. Ashley Giles, managing director of England men’s cricket, asked for improved security and stewarding for the remainder of the match.
Giles added, “We have requested to the venue to ensure that security and stewarding are enhanced for the remainder of the match so that players and staff members can go about their duties without provocation”
England put up 400 runs in their first innings with the individual fifties from Zak Crawley, Joe Root and Olie Pop. But the limelight took Stuart Broad. The speedster scored a quickfire 43 off 28 which included 2 fours and 4 sixes. For South Africa, Anrich Nortje took a fifer.
On the other hand, South Africa are at 88 for 6 in 41.5 overs. England pacer Mark Wood picked up 3 wickets in his 8.5 overs so far.