Ben Stokes has been a controversial player ever since he has stepped foot in the international cricket arena. He was recently awarded the ICC Cricketer of the Year 2019, but the English all-rounder has once again appeared in the news. During the first day of the fourth Test against South Africa in Johannesburg, Stokes while walking to the dressing room abused a fan. The incident took place when the all-rounder got out for just two runs in the first innings. The incident was captured and shown on live television.
In the video, it clearly seems Ben Stokes was abusing the fans but it can be said there was a provocation. Stokes can be heard saying,” Come say that to me outside the ground, you f*****g four-eyed c****.”
After the incident folded, Stokes came out on Twitter to apologise for his actions. In an image shared by the Durham player on Twitter, he communicated to the fans by saying that he wishes to apologise for the language which he used and was heard on live television upon his dismissal in the Wanderer's stadium. Ben Stokes also mentioned that he was subjected to continuous abuse from the home crowd of the Proteas. “As I was leaving the playing area, I was subjected too repeated abuse from the crowd. I admit that my reaction was unprofessional and I sincerely apologise for the language I used, especially to the many young fans watching the live telecast around the world. ” Here is the post shared by the 28-year old all-rounder:
England's Managing Director of Men's cricket, Ashley Giles has revealed that many English players have been abused during the match by the crowd. He also said the request to have increased security around the stadium has been placed and it should be done by the stadium authority to ensure no such incident happen again.
England currently is at 192 for 4 after the first day's play at Johannesburg. England is leading the series 2-1 and a win or a draw will help them win back to back Test series in South Africa. In his Twitter post, Stokes even added that England is very determined to win the competitive series which is being played and the support from fans from both sides have been good.