India vs England: Ben Stokes applies saliva to ball by mistake, umpire sanitises it after warning the bowler

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India vs England: Ben Stokes applies saliva to ball by mistake, umpire sanitises it after warning the bowler


England all-rounder Ben Stokes was seen applying saliva on the ball by mistake and was then warned by umpire Nitin Menon and the ball was immediate sanitised.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes (Courtesy of BCCI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The incident took place at the end of the 12th over
  • Umpire Nitin Menon sanitised the ball before it was used again
  • The ICC had banned the use of saliva to shine the ball due to the Covid-19 pandemic in June last year

On Wednesday, in the third Test match between India and England, all-rounder Ben Stokes was seen applying saliva on the ball by mistake.

Stokes was then warned by umpire Nitin Menon for his mistake and the ball was immediate sanitised. The incident took place at the end of the 12th over and the umpire could be seen speaking to the all-rounder.

The International Cricket Council ICC had banned the use of saliva to shine the ball due to the Covid-19 pandemic in June last year.

As per the new regulations, a team can be issued up to two warnings per innings but repeated use of saliva on the ball will result in a five-run penalty to the batting side.

Whenever saliva is applied to the ball, the umpires have to clean it before play recommences.

Team India on Wednesday bowled England out for 112 runs in the first innings of the third Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium and ended Day 1 at 99/3 just 13 runs behind the visitors.

England were outplayed by the spin attack from Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel, with the two spinners taking 9 of the 10 wickets on the day. The England first innings lasted only

Axar Patel bagged his second five-wicket haul (5/37) and became only the third Indian bowler to take a 5-wicket haul in his first two matches. He had made his debut in the previous Test match in Chennai and taken a five-for over there as well.



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