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Kiwi-born Stokes gets reprimand for stoush

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 26/11/2016

Ben Stokes has received an official International Cricket Council reprimand for his "inappropriate comments" as he left the field after being dismissed on day one of the third Test against India in Mohali.

The New Zealand-born England allrounder appeared to stop briefly as he walked off, after being stumped off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja, to engage with some of the India fielders - including captain Virat Kohli.

Non-striker Jonny Bairstow and India seamer Umesh Yadav, who spoke at close-of-play press conferences, both insisted they did not hear what was said by either party.

Stokes now has two demerit points on his record, the first of which he incurred during England's second Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka last month after admitting to verbally engaging Tigers batsman Sabbir Rahman and ignoring repeated requests and instructions from the umpires to stop.

Under the ICC's new demerit system, any player who receives four or more points in a two-year period faces a mandatory match ban.

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