Ben Stokes No-Ball Controversy In Ashes: How The Cricket Fraternity Reacted
England all-rounder Ben Stokes reportedly overstepped 14 times on Day 2 of the England vs Australia first Ashes Test in Brisbane but umpires called no-ball only twice. Here's how the cricket fraternity reacted to the controversy.
- Controversy regarding Ben Stokes' no-balls rocked the first Ashes Test
- Videos showed Stokes overstepped 14 times but umpires called it twice
- Here is how the cricket fraternity reacted to Stokes' no-ball controversy
Social media was buzzing with reactions and opinion from the cricket fraternity after a video shared by an Australian channel showed England all-rounder Ben Stokes reportedly overstepping 14 times on Day 2 of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane but only being called no-ball twice by the on-field umpires. One of them was when he had dismissed David Warner for 17 in the 13th over of Australia's first innings. England were left scratching their heads when Warner got a reprieve early on in his innings. The matter escalated further after the left-hander went on to score 94 and then Channel 7 shared a video showing Stokes had overstepped on all of his previous three deliveries before he was called the fourth time, which was actually the wicket ball.
The turn of events were surprising as since the early part of this year, ICC had made it clear that the third umpire will monitor the front foot no-ball on every delivery and would call it a no-ball if the bowler oversteps.
The answer to why Stokes' other no-balls weren't called was given by broadcaster Alison Mitchell, who informed that the technology to track the front foot no-ball for every delivery “went down.”
Huge moment in the game the Warner wicket off a no-ball.— Trent Copeland (@copes9) December 9, 2021
We looked at all of Ben Stokes' balls bowled today. FOURTEEN no-balls, only ONE called on field. Many layers to this… #Ashes | @7Cricket @Channel7 pic.twitter.com/a6LreMiLvi
"What happened before the start of this Test match is the technology that's provided to the ICC to enable (checking no-balls) went down," she said.
Then how did the third umpire adjudge Warner's dismissal as a no-ball? Mitchell said “only wicket-taking deliveries” were supposed to be checked by the third umpire while the others rested on the on-field umpires' call.
“Only wicket-taking deliveries are being checked for no-ball by TV umpire this match. All other deliveries are responsibility of on-field umpire,” she added.
Here is how the world reacted to Ben Stokes' no-ball controversy
“Oh dear No doubt if the first few were called Stokes would have sorted it out and the wicket ball he may have been behind the line. Quite concerning really,” tweeted former Australia women's cricketer Lisa Sthalekar.
Oh dear ????????♀️ No doubt if the first few were called Stokes would have sorted it out and the wicket ball he may have been behind the line. Quite concerning really #AUSvENG https://t.co/6n4uo9yi08— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) December 9, 2021
“Apparently hawkeye picked up Ben Stokes bowling *14* no-balls in the first session,” wrote former English women's cricketer Isabelle Westbury.
Apparently hawkeye picked up Ben Stokes bowling *14* no-balls in the first session. #ashes ????— Isabelle Westbury (@izzywestbury) December 9, 2021
“When the only explanation is “uhhhh I forgot that was my job lol”,” tweeted New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham.
When the only explanation is “uhhhh I forgot that was my job lol” https://t.co/LquKC1uJyz— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) December 9, 2021
“Just watched footage of the 14 no-balls that Ben Stokes bowled today and which weren't called. Yes, the simple technology wasn't operational but some of those were huge no-balls. It wasn't that long ago that umpires were supposed to spot them,” wrote renowned broadcaster Harsha Bhogle.
Just watched footage of the 14 no-balls that Ben Stokes bowled today and which weren't called. Yes, the simple technology wasn't operational but some of those were huge no-balls. It wasn't that long ago that umpires were supposed to spot them.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 9, 2021
Meanwhile, Australia took complete control of the series opener courtesy of a blistering hundred from Travis Head. At the close of play, Australia were 343-7, a lead of 196 on England's dismal first-innings total of 147. Head was on 112 from only 95 balls, alongside Mitchell Starc, who was not-out 10.