After 31 ODI’s, New Zealander Ben Stokes says he has finally discovered the Laws of Cricket.
“I’ve never really read them to be honest.
I just thought you grabbed a bat and swung at the ball.
If you hit it, you could run to the other end and the scoreboard would display a new fraction.
Something like 100/4 would become 101/4.
I found that difficult, as 100/4 equals 25. But what is 101/4?
Cricket really needs to find a simpler system.”
Stokes was give out Obstructing The Field after getting in the way of a Mitchell Starc throw at the stumps.
For his part, Stokes doesn’t know what all the fuss was about.
“I remembered that if you have the gloves and pads on, that your job is to catch the ball when the bowler let’s it go.
I’m dirty on myself for dropping it.
The Aussies started calling me nasty names like “Brad Haddin” and “Kamran Akmal” and stuff like that.”
English captain Eoin Morgan from County Dublin said that he had to sit with Stokes and explain to him how to use the law properly.
“I had to tell Ben that it is Not Out if he was trying to avoid injury.
He said he forgot to tell the umpires he was attempting to protect the back of his hand from being struck by stopping the ball with the front of his hand.”
Morgan went on further to add that Stokes’ ignorance clearly cost him his wicket.
“We still had a DRS review left.
I don’t know why Ben didn’t use it.
Starc’s throw was clearly going over the stumps. Worst case, it would have been umpire’s call.”
Australian captain Steve Smith said that his team knew the law reasonably well.
“Apparently, you can’t distract the fielding team by action, or even by word.
That’s why we have had to stop sledging the bowler when we bat.
Hasn’t Moeen ever wondered why we don’t engage in serious debate about Gaza on the pitch anymore?”