Australia v England, 4th ODI, Perth

Stokes's stern send off

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the fourth ODI in Perth

Andrew McGlashan

January 24, 2014

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Ben Stokes finished with 4 for 38 from his nine overs, Australia v England, 4th ODI, Perth, January 24, 2014
See you later: Ben Stokes gave James Faulkner a strong send off © AFP
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Relief of the day

England knew the game wasn't safe while James Faulkner was at the crease. What happened in Brisbane will have been too fresh in their mind for that, so there was understandable relief when he edged a leg-side swipe through to the keeper. It all became a bit much for Ben Stokes who gave Faulkner a rather in-your-face send-off that could well cost him a portion of his match fee. He can at least put his Man-of-the-Match cheque towards it, if needed, although even that wasn't available at the end of the game. Maybe it was the surprise of an England player winning the award.

Misjudgement of the day

On 48, Ian Bell carved Nathan Coulter-Nile towards deep cover. There was a man on the boundary, or at least he should have been. James Pattinson had come in off the rope to such an extent that the ball looped over his hard and still bounced short of being a six. Fortunately for Pattinson, who had not started well with the ball either, Bell was out seven runs later.

Fruity moment of the day

Jos Buttler was beginning to cut loose towards the end of England's innings when he lofted Coulter-Nile over the long-on boundary for a huge six. The ball lodged in one of the tarpaulins providing shade to some of the crowd, but smart thinking from a member of the public ensured the umpires didn't need a replacement. He used an orange to knock the ball down, then caught it one-handed while still ensuring he kept his beer safe.

Review of the day

When George Bailey glanced Ben Stokes down the leg side the bowler was convinced he had heard, or seen, some bat involved. Alastair Cook trusted his bowler and Hot Spot soon showed it to be a very wise move as a small white mark showed up on the reply. The only issue was then confirming whether the ball carried and this time not even the third umpire could find doubt in the replays - although the wait while the frames were played back will have made Cook nervous.

Dodgy run-up of the day

Chris Jordan had horrendous problems with his run-up during his opening spell, aborting consecutive balls and delivering from way behind his crease as he stuttered into his action. It was a worrying sight, especially for a team who have had their fair share of problems with bowlers on this tour, but Jordan returned in much better shape during his latter spells and his three overs in the batting Powerplay were only dented by a last-ball six from Dan Christian.

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Posted by   on (January 25, 2014, 6:04 GMT)

So it's all right for Johnson, warner and siddle to mouth off to the english players face but not the other way round? granted stokes might have overstepped the mark a bit but it's not like the aussies haven't either during the ashes. stokes and faulkner are both the new wunderkind in their teams, their both all-riunders and their both naturally competitive. they had a bit of a spat earlier during Faulkner's over but that's what happens in competitve cricket. Stokes was only giving back what he got. you would too if you had to endure a 5-0 defeat in your first test match and then 3-0 in ODIs

Posted by Barquerme on (January 24, 2014, 21:57 GMT)

I think we are stuck with "send offs", unless cricket goes with golf and implements massive fines (not just a portion of the match fee). Yellow cards and match bans get too political/inconsistent so no going there please. It's a case of "what goes around comes around" so the same players that are handing it out are also going to be on the receiving end, so it's all about even in the long run. I think we all just need to get used to it, it's part of the evolution of the game? Re Ben Stokes, I was his coach in NZ before his departure to the UK and he was a very nice young lad, but he wasn't quite a choir boy then, he isn't now from what we see on TV, so I don't think he's likely to change. Keep up the great play Ben!

Posted by ScottStevo on (January 24, 2014, 21:39 GMT)

Odd that he's 'giving Faulkner a taste of his own medicine'? I thought it was Stokes who run into Johnson, then had a whiny, girly-man spat at Haddin, then gave Johnson a send off in the last test (rather comically considering Eng's position) and now this. Nah, it's Faulkner dishing it out...At 23 Stokes should spend more time trying to play cricket. It's all well and good saying how well he's done when compared against the muck that Eng have looked this summer. If you look back, he made one and a half scores in the test matches, took a few wickets but was generally pretty ordinary. And then today's match. Yet people are raving about him as a sliver of hope. He looks to me like he'll be a very average cricketer in a few years time. Never to excel with the bat, never to excel with the ball...but arrogant, in that comical way, as only a freckled, ginger lad can be!

Posted by jackiethepen on (January 24, 2014, 19:54 GMT)

Catch of the day - Bell's 'superb airborne leap' at slip which broke Australia's opening partnership. Or should have been but McGlashan didn't think it was worth mentioning although every other newspaper did. But Root would have had accolades for such a leap and no doubt pictures of it would have appeared everywhere. Yet McGlashan chides Bell for hitting over the top because a fielder wasn't on the boundary but had moved in. Er..wasn't that why Bell had hit over the top? The fielders had their revenge when Bell was caught because a fielder had 'snuck up on him' in the memorable words of Bumble.

Posted by Chris_P on (January 24, 2014, 19:50 GMT)

@ Benn Glazier. Have to disagree with you on this one. Both guys are full on competitive & Faullkner is never shy getting his way so this could be something of an ongoing (not feud but something each compete against the other with) little thing they will have going for the next few years. It will be good for the game both are highly explosive batsmen & outstanding athletes & cricketers. Can't really knock passion in your play.

Posted by   on (January 24, 2014, 14:21 GMT)

Fenny_Essex_Boi - Sorry, that was pretty pathetic from Stokes. Good match effort from him overall, but a send off? It's fine to swipe at someone whilst you're in the middle needling each other, but no need for a send off.

He'll lose a chunk of his match fee for that.

Anyway, Faulkner averages 48 with the bat striking at 117. Stokes averages 19 and strikes at 75, but he has only played 4 games. However he also has a run rate of 5.9 - the same as Faulkner. Strike rates are almost identical too.

Posted by   on (January 24, 2014, 13:08 GMT)

James Faulkner should be in the Australian cricket team. at #6. i.e. performing the same all rounder role in the team as Stokes does for the Poms. he's that good.

Posted by Diddles1978 on (January 24, 2014, 12:56 GMT)

Good on Ben Stokes giving James Faulkner a taste of his own medicine. Faulkner has rather a lot to say for a junior international player who always goes at 7 an over.

I don't understand the point of playing Mitchell Johnson with the series won, it must be better for him to rest up and to be ready for South Africa in a few weeks.

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