No matter whether he is on the field or off it, Ben Stokes rarely manages to stay off the limelight. The allrounder was not a part of the recently-concluded second Test against Pakistan. However, it did not stop him from stealing the spotlight though for the reasons he would not have liked.
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On day two of the game, Stokes’ antics on the sidelines caused a slight delay in the play. The incident happened in the fifth over of England’s innings when Alastair Cook was getting ready to take the strike. But before he could face the ball, he was distracted by none other than Stokes. The 26-year old was caught moving around the sight-screen, causing all sorts of trouble for Cook. It was followed by a hilarious reaction from Stokes as he tried to hide behind the sight-screen, leaving the commentators in split.
Here is a snippet of that incident:
Of all people…@benstokes38! 😂
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 1, 2018
Stokes’ absence did not hurt England much as they thrashed Pakistan by an innings and 55 runs to level the series. In reply to Pakistan’s modest first innings total of 174, England scored 363. Jos Buttler starred with the bat, scoring an unbeaten 80 to help his side take a massive lead of 189.
In reply, Pakistan never looked in contention to wipe off the lead let alone winning the game. The visitors were eventually all out for 134.
Meanwhile, Stokes will have to endure a longer spell on the sidelines. The hamstring injury has ruled him out of ODI against Scotland and the first part of ODI series against Australia. He had suffered the injury during fielding practice. Initially, it seemed the injury was minor and only placed him in doubt for the Pakistan Test.
However, the scans revealed the extent of the injury was far worse than first thought.