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Umpire Gave Ben Stokes Out, Ball Hit Off-stumps But Bails Didn’t Dislodge
By CricShots - Jan 7, 2022 11:57 am
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England has been completely outplayed by the Australian team in the ongoing Ashes series so far, with the hosts retaining the urn with a couple of matches remaining, having taken an unbeatable 3-0 series lead. The fourth Test is currently being played at the Sydney Cricket Ground and things have pretty much gone the way of Aussies again.

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Australian players checking the bails as umpire ave Ben Stokes out

After winning the toss, Australia managed to post a huge total of 416/8 declared with Usman Khawaja scoring a fine century. England, in reply, is struggling once again with the top four already back in the hut. But on Day 3, finally, something seemed to go in England’s favor. 

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With England four down, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow were battling out to their team to a comfortable position when lady luck suddenly smiled upon the former. In the 31st over, Cameron Green bowled a full-pitched delivery which Stokes decided to leave. The ball took a deflection from the pitch and Australians appealed and Ben Stokes was given out LBW by the on-field umpire.

However, the England all-rounder immediately reviewed the decision and replays showed exactly why.

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The ball was nowhere near his pads, in fact, the deflection came from the ball cannoning into the off-stump but inexplicably the bails didn’t dislodge and Ben Stokes got a lifeline. Upon seeing the replay on the big screen, Stokes couldn’t stop laughing even as the Australian players put their hands on their heads in utter disbelief.

Here is the video of the incident:

At the time of writing this, Australia had crossed the 100-run mark with Stokes and Bairstow going strong. Earlier, Haseeb Hameed (6), Dawid Malan (3), and captain Joe Root (0) all fell for single-digit scores with Australian pacer Scott Boland once again impressing with the ball. Zak Crawley (18) put up a brief fight but his knock was ended prematurely by Boland.