A heated exchange between England allrounder Ben Stokes and West Indies vice-captain Jermaine Blackwood came to light on Day 3 of the second Test in Barbados this Friday (March 18). Stokes and Blackwood indulged a few verbal volleys before things escalated to a point where they nearly collided with each other.
Ben Stokes was coming off a brilliant 120 and thanks to 153 from captain Joe Root, England had declared their first innings 507/9. Veerasammy Permaul took 3/126 for the West Indies.
In reply, the West Indies batters gave it back in kind as they forged 411 in 187.5 overs with captain Kraigg Braithwaite making 160 in 489 balls and 710 minutes with 17 fours to his name. He was aided by vice-captain Jermaine Blackwood who slammed 102 in 215 balls with 11 fours. Jack Leach took 3/118 in 69.5 overs, while Stokes picked 2/65 in his 29.
Ben Stokes Taunts Jermaine Blackwood Before Batter Retorts In A Heated Exchange
However, during the fourth ball of the 103rd over in the West Indies first-innings, all-rounder Ben Stokes and batter Jermaine Blackwood got into a heated argument. Jermaine Blackwood was batting at 82* in the second test match between West Indies and England when this incident happened.
Blackwood shouted ‘NO’ immediately after playing Stokes delivery. Ben Stokes seemed a bit off with Blackwood’s reaction and went up to exchange some words with the batter. This led to both the on-field umpires Joel Wilson and Nigel Duguid trying to calm things down. This was done to ensure that the exchange didn’t take ugly proportions as the two cricketers were hurling each other with a mouthful of abuse and inappropriate words.
Stokes was obviously hoping to get under the skin of the batter and induce a false stroke to try and separate a partnership that had by then lasted 183 runs. Later even England captain Joe Root had a word with the two umpires and the batter and a couple of England players can be seen calming Stokes down.
After the end of day’s play, Blackwood said, ‘I like playing against Ben Stokes, it’s always for the good. I like fighting, and when I’m batting it pushes me to perform even better. Stokes had been doing it for quite some time and I liked joining in the fun.’
Here is the video of the incident:
Let the war of words commence! 🔥
— FanCode (@FanCode) March 19, 2022