England all-rounder Ben Stokes has lashed out after receiving abuse on Twitter after his no-ball cost England a wicket in the first Test against the West Indies in Antigua.
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Stokes thought he had claimed the wicket of young West Indies batsman Jermaine Blackwood when his opponent edged the ball to the slips, which would have reduced the hosts to 5 for 133.
Blackwood earned a reprieve when replays showed Stokes’ foot to be clearly over the line.
Stokes took to Twitter to reply to the abuse he received over the incident.
“Tweets about the no-ball flooding in, so tomorrow I won’t try, bowl 4 foot behind the line and bowl 70mph…then your (sic) all happy,” Stokes tweeted.
Tweets about the no ball flooding in,so tomorrow I won’t try,bowl 4 foot behind the line and bowl 70mph…then your all happy — Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) April 14, 2015
The all-rounder then followed up his initial tweet just moments later: “Unfortunately when trying hard you can get tight on the line…apologies people, will try to make it up tomorrow.”
Unfortunately when trying hard you can get tight on the line…apologies people,will try to make it up tomorrow — Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) April 14, 2015
Blackwood, who was on 21 at the time, went on to notch up an unbeaten knock of 112 as the West Indies were bowled out for 295.
England recovered from yet another top-order collapse to stretch out to a 220-run lead heading into day four at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.
Skipper Alastair Cook will no doubt come in for more criticism after yet another poor outing with the bat after he was dismissed for just 13.