England’s premier all-rounder Ben Stokes had a fabulous 2019 both with the bat and ball much due to the two remarkable and outstanding innings in the 2019 World Cup final and the Headingley Test match in Ashes 2019. However, Stokes’ aggressive behaviour on and off the field is also known to everyone. Stokes once again caught the eyeballs after he was found guilty of breaching ICC’s Code of Conduct on the opening day of the fourth Test between England and South Africa in Johannesburg as he lashed out at a South African supporter, who had abused him as the all-rounder was leaving the field post his dismissal.
It was learned that Stokes was caught by the host broadcasters for hurling “Come say that to me outside the ground, you f***ing four-eyed c***.”, though they weren’t aired live, nor were the comments of the South African supporter who, as understood swore at the all-rounder and suggested that he looked like Ed Sheeran. Stokes accepted all the charges and even released a statement in order to apologise for his mistake.
“I wish to apologise for my language that was heard on the live broadcast today after my dismissal. I should not have reacted in that way,” Stokes said in a statement after the close of play. “As I was leaving the playing area, I was subjected to repeated abuse from the crowd. I admit that my reaction was unprofessional, and I sincerely apologize for the language I used, especially to the many young fans watching the live telecast around the world.”
“Throughout the Tests so far, the support from both sets of fans (England and South Africa) has been brilliant. One incident will not ruin such a competitive series, which we are determined to win,” Ben Stokes had said in a statement.