Ben Stokes benefits from change to 'misapprehension rule' after no-ball dismissal

Paola Ditto
Febbraio 12, 2019

Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes added an undefeated 124-run stand for the fifth wicket to rescue England from a tricky position of 107-4 off nearly 50 overs in the third and final Test against the West Indies in St Lucia. It followed the discovery by the third umpire, Chris Gaffaney, that Alzarri Joseph had over-stepped for the delivery that had resulted in a return catch with Stokes on 52. England's No. 7 Jonny Bairstow had already made his way to the middle when replay on the big screen at the ground revealed Joseph had overstepped and thereby had bowled a no ball.

Unusally, however, Stokes had already crossed the boundary rope and climbed the steps into the pavilion. The all-rounder was sitting on his chair in the England dressing room when he was called back on to the field by the officials.

Until recently, Stokes' departure from the field of play would have signalled the end of the matter.

However, MCC's decision in April 2017, to define Law 31.7, which governs the status of batsmen "leaving the wicket under a misapprehension".

The new code, which came into force in October 2017, includes an additional clause to reflect the ubiquity of televised replays in major matches.

"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 freakish reprieve as he rediscovered form with the bat in the final match of the Wisden Trophy in St Lucia.

The pair quickly exchanged places and Stokes returned to the fray, extending his fifth-wicket stand with Buttler (67 not out) to 124 as England reached stumps in St Lucia on 231-4.

Of the incident, he said: 'In worldwide cricket you shouldn't be walking off, getting into the changing rooms, and then back out there two minutes later. "'It's a first for me and it's probably something they need to get control of".

"I looked at some footage from when I played at Lord's and was thinking about going back to that technique", Stokes said.

"I was just sat in my chair with my pads on and then I thought someone had got out because of all the shouting, but then the shout was "no-ball and you're in" so just weird". I had to get myself back into that frame of mind. Stokes said: "It's a first for me and something that needs to be taken control of - I don't think in global cricket you should be walking off into the changing rooms then two minutes later back out there".

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