‘Can you take that four runs off, we don’t want it’
With 9 required from 3 balls, it was New Zealand’s game to lose but an unlucky overthrow changed it all as it turned to a total of 6 runs in the end. Ben Stokes apologized to New Zealand as soon as it hit to his body and went to the boundary, but it didn’t change anything.
However, England fast bowler James Anderson revealed that Stokes even requested the umpires to cancel the four runs. He told BBC podcast “The Tailenders” that he went to Michael Vaughan after the game and he said that Stokes went to the umpire and asked to cancel the boundary.
“The etiquette in cricket is if the ball is thrown at the stumps and it hits you and goes into a gap in the field you don’t run. But if it goes to the boundary, in the rules it’s four and you can’t do anything about it. I think, talking to Michael Vaughan who saw him after the game, Ben Stokes actually went to the umpires and said, ‘Can you take that four runs off. We don’t want it.’
“But it’s in the rules and that’s the way it is – it’s been talked about for a while among the players, potentially being a dead ball if it does hit the batsman and veer off somewhere,” Anderson added.
Meanwhile, New Zealand head coach Gary Stead believes ICC need to review some rules again to maintain the spirit of the game.