WATCH: Ben Stokes makes hasty return to field after Alzarri Joseph no-ball on day one of third Test
Stokes reprieved on 52 and moved onto 62 by stumps in Gros Islet
Last Updated: 09/02/19 10:23pm
Ben Stokes had to make a hasty return to the field in St Lucia after being dismissed off an Alzarri Joseph no-ball on day one of the third Test.
The England all-rounder was caught and bowled by Joseph for 52 and trudged off the pitch in St Lucia, only to be reprieved with replays showing the paceman had overstepped.
After the day's play Stokes said of the incident to Sky Sport Cricket's Ian Ward: "It was a bizarre bit of cricket, I tried to get myself back into the same state of mind as I had been while batting with Jos Buttler.
"There was a lot of cheering and I had to try and blank it out and start again. I have never been off the field and in the changing room and then back out there again!"
A player who had walked off the field would previously have been dismissed regardless but a tweak to the laws now stipulates: "An umpire shall intervene if satisfied that a batsman, not having been given out, has left the wicket under a misapprehension of being out.
"The umpire intervening shall call and signal Dead ball to prevent any further action by the fielding side and shall recall the batsman.
"A batsman may be recalled at any time up to the instant when the ball comes into play for the next delivery, unless it is the final wicket of the innings, in which case it should be up to the instant when the umpires leave the field."
Stokes progressed to 62 not out by stumps, taking his unbroken fifth-wicket stand with Jos Buttler (67no) to 124 as England closed on 241-4 after being inserted in Gros Islet.
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