Ben Stokes could find himself in some trouble after his heated exchange with a fan while walking back to the England dressing room after he was dismissed by Anrich Nortje for just 2 on the first day of the fourth and final Test at Wanderers in Johannesburg. Stokes reacted in anger to something said by the fan to which he replied, “Come and say that to me outside the ground you f***ing four-eyed c**t.”
Stokes is likely to face a charge of using an 'audible obscenity during an international match' which is a level one offence. If ICC match referee Andy Pycroft finds the language used as sufficiently strong, then Stokes could face a much more serious charge which could be a level two or even level three offence.
Watch the video of the incident here:
England would hope that Stokes escapes with as little punishment as possible as the all-rounder has been instrumental in their success in the last six months, having helped the nation win their first-ever World Cup, a historic Ashes Test at Headingley and has played a significant role with bat and ball in the ongoing Test series in South Africa which England currently leads 2-1.
Stokes recently was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year and also won the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for being the 'Cricketer of the Year' in ICC's awards for 2019. These accolades were recognition of the fact that the all-rounder stood up for England almost everytime when they were searching for something special from him.
England were 192/4 when bad light forced an early closure of play at Wanderers. A draw here would seal the series for the visitors, while South Africa would want to send off their veteran seamer Vernon Philander on a happy note by levelling the series.