Never been in changing room and recalled to bat: Ben Stokes
At stumps, Ben Stokes remained unbeaten on 62. (AFP Image)

Ben Stokes was at the receiving end of a bizarre incident when he was called out to bat again after he was declared out. Stokes had just gone past his half-century when he pulled a ball straight back to Alzarri Joseph. The allrounder had walked off the field and entered the pavilion. New batsman Jonny Bairstow had even stepped on to the field when the TV replays revealed that Joseph had overstepped.

As per the previous rule, once the batsman has left the field, he cannot be called back. But in April 2017, the rule was rewritten and came into effect in October 2017 as the “Misapprehension Rule”, allowing the batsman to return as long as the next ball isn’t bowled. Stokes was called back and ended the day unbeaten on 62 as he and Jos Buttler ended the day with England’s score on 231 for 4 against West Indies.

“I’ve never been in the changing room and called out to bat again, that is a first for me and it’s probably something that they need to get control of,” Stokes said of the no-ball incident. “I don’t think in international cricket you should be walking off and being in the changing rooms and then being back out there two minutes later. Thank God for technology.

“I just sat in my chair with my pads on and then I thought someone had got out because of all the shouting, but then the shout was ‘no-ball and you’re in’ so just bizarre. I just had to get myself back into the right frame of mind out there. I had to try and let it go and make sure I was not out at the end of the day.”

The strange ruling aside, Stokes looked in exquisite touch from the onset. He reached his half-century off just 84 deliveries and struck six boundaries during his knock. Reflecting on his innings, Stokes admitted to have worked on some minor technical changes that helped him adapt better to the surface.

“I watched myself score a hundred against New Zealand at Lord’s [in 2015] before this game to remind myself of a technique where I’d done well and I took it out there with me,” Stokes said. “That is a catalyst for how I want to play. I was just trying to find the right tempo between being too aggressive and being too defensive. I think I was a bit stuck over the last couple of months, but watching the video this morning did me the world of good.”