Updated: January 25, 2020 11:46:07 am
England’s star all-rounder Ben Stokes apologised for utilizing inappropriate language in a controversial trade of phrases with a spectator on his approach again to the dressing room on Friday throughout third Test towards South Africa on the Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg.
The incident occurred in the final session of the rain-affected day one’s play. Stokes edged quick bowler Anrich Nortje’s supply to slide fielder Rassie van der Dussen. The spectator abused the English all-rounder as he was leaving the sector after dropping his wicket for simply two runs from 10 deliveries.
The 28-year-old took to Twitter to apologise for his behaviour in warmth of the second.
“I wish to apologise for my language that was heard on the live broadcast today after my dismissal. I should not have reacted in that way,” stated Stokes.
“As I used to be leaving the taking part in space, I used to be subjected to repeated abuse from the gang.
“I admit that my response was unprofessional, and I sincerely apologise for the language I used, particularly to the numerous younger followers watching the dwell telecast world wide.
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) January 24, 2020
“Throughout the Tests so far, the support from both sets of fans (England and South Africa) has been brilliant. One incident will not ruin such a competitive series, which we are determined to win,” he added.
In the aftermath of the incident, Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket Ashley Giles alleged abuse to England help workers and requested for a rise in safety.
“In addition to this incident, members of our support staff were subjected to personal abuse during and after the day’s play,” Giles stated.
“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,” he added.
Earlier, England skipper Joe Root received the toss and elected to bat first. At the top of day’s play, England had scored 192 for 4 wickets in 52.four overs. Zak Crawley top-scored with a 66-run knock. Root and Ollie Pope walked again unbeaten with scores of 25 and 22 respectively.
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