Australia v England, 5th ODI, Adelaide January 25, 2014

'I'm up for the fight' - Stokes

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Ben Stokes believes he revels in a confrontational atmosphere after being at the centre of a heated exchange with James Faulkner at the WACA although the incident has cost him 15% of his match fee.*

Stokes, who has been one of the few encouraging performers during an awful tour, played a key all-round role as England finally secured a victory on the trip, scoring 70 at No. 3 then claiming 4 for 38 to leave Australia well short.

It was his third wicket that sealed the contest for England when he had Faulkner caught behind, and after Faulkner's spectacular matchwinning effort in Brisbane there was understandable relief from the England players and none more so than Stokes who had suffered at the Gabba.

He shouted in the direction of Faulkner as he walked off and the umpires stepped in to calm the situation. On Saturday evening the ICC confirmed he had been sanctioned for a breach of the code of conduct.

Andy Pycroft, the ICC match referee, said: "Mr Stokes' reaction was a clear breach of the code, as players are expected to respect their opponents at all times, no matter what the match situation is. This is a cornerstone of how we play the game."

Stokes admitted the charge, but earlier insisted he would not be changing the way he plays. "It was nothing worse than I've been getting all one-day series,'' he said. "I'm always competitive and I'm always up for the fight. I always want to be involved. I want to try and influence the result for whatever team I'm playing for.''

Despite his treatment by Faulkner in Brisbane, when Stokes bowled the penultimate over of the match and was taken for two sixes, he had no second thoughts about operating towards the end of the innings again and actually insisted to Alastair Cook that he wanted the job.

"I think he knows that I want to that,'' he said. "We chatted about it and I said: 'Yeah, I want to bowl at the end'. I've done that role for Durham in the one-day stuff over the last few years. It's not like I'm not used to it.

"This time I've got wickets, last time I did that it didn't go so well. It can go one way or the other. I really wanted to change the way that went and made sure we got over the line."

*0200GMT, January 26: This story was updated with news of Stokes' ICC fine

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  • on January 27, 2014, 0:52 GMT

    Umpires are so inconsistent. Stokes and Broad have identical send offs in the Test series with no repercussions, though I'm glad they've acted on this one. Send offs are a low act befitting of English players. Australia have taken many more wickets this summer and apart from a Johnson stare down which is harmless, all the send offs have been from 1-9 England.

  • jmcilhinney on January 26, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    After such a wretched tour for England, it's understandable that England's emotions are running high when a win was within their grasp. That still doesn't excuse Stokes outburst though. I don't think that the players on either side have really had too much to say off the field about what's been said on the field. The England players never really said anything about Australia's sledging, other than what Warner said off the field about Trott, and I doubt that the Australian players have much to say about this. Australia have been sledging England all summer long but England have had plenty to say themselves when they've been on top in the past. I think that one or two incidents have gone a bit too far and this appears to be one of them. All the complaining is being done by the fans though. It would be nice if we could show the grace that most of the players have most of the time.

  • nrlman on January 26, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    Perhaps if the Umpires / Match Referees had taken action against Broad & Anderson from day 1 of the 1st Test, this decision wouldn't have looked so bad. It needed to be acted on from the beginning of the tour not after 5 tests & 4 ODIs. They need to be consistent for all players from both teams.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on January 26, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    @Rednwhitearmy, might be advisable to read the article before commenting. I say fair play to Stokes, England need some grit and a bit of mongrel about them and like a true Kiwi he punches above his weight. Good for him and good find for England. I've no problem with players standing up to the opposition. He also looks a very good player but let's see if he can keep it up before throwing him into comparisons with Hadlee.

  • RednWhiteArmy on January 26, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    Clarke was cited because he was clearly heard on television, bad luck Clarke. Stokes wasnt heard by the viewers, so why did he get treated like he had been?

  • AidanFX on January 26, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    Sending guys off - is like kicking a dog that's down. The wicket should be reward for itself. So the punishment is fair. I don't think Stokes is a bad boy though. I recall the test series where he started to hit out and Harris bowled him and he gave a little nod of the head. So yeah, Stokes is the fair competitive type I reckon.

  • __PK on January 26, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    This was nothing like the verbal the Australians have been giving England all series. This was a cowardly attack after the batsman was dismissed and had no opportunity to respond with bat or verbally. Very Virat Kohli of Stokes.

  • disco_bob on January 26, 2014, 3:38 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy, how is it Australia's fault if the match referee makes a decision?

  • Back-Foot-Cringe on January 26, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy - silly comment. Aus didn't accuse him of trash talking. "[Stokes] shouted in the direction of Faulkner as he walked off and the umpires stepped in to calm the situation. On Saturday evening the ICC confirmed he had been sanctioned for a breach of the code of conduct."

    Stop being so one-eyed. The umps themselves witnessed a breach of the rules & called Stokes on it.

    Stokes looks like the real deal as a player - world class all-rounder. Huge find for the Poms. Great Man of the Match effort.

  • on January 26, 2014, 3:07 GMT

    Ben Stokes is a great prospect for the future. But the best, hardest, classiest players don't sledge. They don't need to.

  • on January 27, 2014, 0:52 GMT

    Umpires are so inconsistent. Stokes and Broad have identical send offs in the Test series with no repercussions, though I'm glad they've acted on this one. Send offs are a low act befitting of English players. Australia have taken many more wickets this summer and apart from a Johnson stare down which is harmless, all the send offs have been from 1-9 England.

  • jmcilhinney on January 26, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    After such a wretched tour for England, it's understandable that England's emotions are running high when a win was within their grasp. That still doesn't excuse Stokes outburst though. I don't think that the players on either side have really had too much to say off the field about what's been said on the field. The England players never really said anything about Australia's sledging, other than what Warner said off the field about Trott, and I doubt that the Australian players have much to say about this. Australia have been sledging England all summer long but England have had plenty to say themselves when they've been on top in the past. I think that one or two incidents have gone a bit too far and this appears to be one of them. All the complaining is being done by the fans though. It would be nice if we could show the grace that most of the players have most of the time.

  • nrlman on January 26, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    Perhaps if the Umpires / Match Referees had taken action against Broad & Anderson from day 1 of the 1st Test, this decision wouldn't have looked so bad. It needed to be acted on from the beginning of the tour not after 5 tests & 4 ODIs. They need to be consistent for all players from both teams.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on January 26, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    @Rednwhitearmy, might be advisable to read the article before commenting. I say fair play to Stokes, England need some grit and a bit of mongrel about them and like a true Kiwi he punches above his weight. Good for him and good find for England. I've no problem with players standing up to the opposition. He also looks a very good player but let's see if he can keep it up before throwing him into comparisons with Hadlee.

  • RednWhiteArmy on January 26, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    Clarke was cited because he was clearly heard on television, bad luck Clarke. Stokes wasnt heard by the viewers, so why did he get treated like he had been?

  • AidanFX on January 26, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    Sending guys off - is like kicking a dog that's down. The wicket should be reward for itself. So the punishment is fair. I don't think Stokes is a bad boy though. I recall the test series where he started to hit out and Harris bowled him and he gave a little nod of the head. So yeah, Stokes is the fair competitive type I reckon.

  • __PK on January 26, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    This was nothing like the verbal the Australians have been giving England all series. This was a cowardly attack after the batsman was dismissed and had no opportunity to respond with bat or verbally. Very Virat Kohli of Stokes.

  • disco_bob on January 26, 2014, 3:38 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy, how is it Australia's fault if the match referee makes a decision?

  • Back-Foot-Cringe on January 26, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy - silly comment. Aus didn't accuse him of trash talking. "[Stokes] shouted in the direction of Faulkner as he walked off and the umpires stepped in to calm the situation. On Saturday evening the ICC confirmed he had been sanctioned for a breach of the code of conduct."

    Stop being so one-eyed. The umps themselves witnessed a breach of the rules & called Stokes on it.

    Stokes looks like the real deal as a player - world class all-rounder. Huge find for the Poms. Great Man of the Match effort.

  • on January 26, 2014, 3:07 GMT

    Ben Stokes is a great prospect for the future. But the best, hardest, classiest players don't sledge. They don't need to.

  • Matt3030 on January 26, 2014, 2:11 GMT

    Stokes stoked it up, he's the one pom who has the record this tour to give a bit of advice to Faulkner! Faulkner certainly gave stokes a few verbals in the 1st innings...... Aussie seem to be exceptional at giving a good verbal but as soon as someone gives it back they can't help but moan!

  • CM1000 on January 26, 2014, 0:33 GMT

    Nothing wrong with a bit of banter, but it's better to do it a bit more surreptitiously than that - no doubt there is a lot of frustration after a dismal tour, but that send off didn't look good on TV. Not at all surprising to hear he was fined.

  • RednWhiteArmy on January 25, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    All summer long australia has repeatedly slated England for not showing enough fight & now when someone shows abit, they accuse him of trash talking? Maybe he should do a Warner & accuse a opposition player directly of being "scared"?

  • markatnotts on January 25, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    @Andrew Ibbotson. Spot on, far too many people just look for comments from England players and then shriek and wail about what has been said on the comments boards.

  • Ashpro79 on January 25, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    "Rein it in".................???? Thats the sorta wet attitude that lost us the Ashes- Stokes is the man. He knows what it takes to get yourself 'up' for the game.

  • on January 25, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    Blimey. What's wrong with you all? Faulkner gave Stokes some when he was out earlier in the day. He was asked a question in the press conference/interview, and he's given an answer. It doesn't matter how many games your team has lost... 9, or 90. your attitude should be the same, and lets face it, Australia (and indeed every international team) talk trash. "Rein it in or youl'l just become hated"? give it a rest. The Aussies started this in the test series. What's he supposed to do? Cave in like a good little English loser? Give him a bit of credit, he's done pretty well so far. You Aussies have dominated us poms for months. A couple of positive articles for England after a consolation win and listen to yourselves... whinging Aussies!

  • Lord_Trickster on January 25, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    "We have heard people call the Australians trash talkers, but they usually do it when they are on top not when you have lost 9 games on the trot. " That's called "being a front runner"

  • BradmanBestEver on January 25, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    Given the current state of the English cricket and of your own career I suggest that you just be 'up for the cricket' right now.

    Focus on playing to a decent standard before anything else

  • xtrafalgarx on January 25, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    This kid needs to learn his place. We have heard people call the Australians trash talkers, but they usually do it when they are on top not when you have lost 9 games on the trot.

  • on January 25, 2014, 6:55 GMT

    The Poms win one game and straight away they try trash talking the Aussies? Come on, you're kidding right?

  • Grimsby on January 25, 2014, 6:55 GMT

    There's a difference between being aggressive and going way over the top - especially when you've just lost the previous 8 matches and haven't a leg to stand on. Rein it in, Stokes, or you'll just become hated and a marked man.

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  • Grimsby on January 25, 2014, 6:55 GMT

    There's a difference between being aggressive and going way over the top - especially when you've just lost the previous 8 matches and haven't a leg to stand on. Rein it in, Stokes, or you'll just become hated and a marked man.

  • on January 25, 2014, 6:55 GMT

    The Poms win one game and straight away they try trash talking the Aussies? Come on, you're kidding right?

  • xtrafalgarx on January 25, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    This kid needs to learn his place. We have heard people call the Australians trash talkers, but they usually do it when they are on top not when you have lost 9 games on the trot.

  • BradmanBestEver on January 25, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    Given the current state of the English cricket and of your own career I suggest that you just be 'up for the cricket' right now.

    Focus on playing to a decent standard before anything else

  • Lord_Trickster on January 25, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    "We have heard people call the Australians trash talkers, but they usually do it when they are on top not when you have lost 9 games on the trot. " That's called "being a front runner"

  • on January 25, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    Blimey. What's wrong with you all? Faulkner gave Stokes some when he was out earlier in the day. He was asked a question in the press conference/interview, and he's given an answer. It doesn't matter how many games your team has lost... 9, or 90. your attitude should be the same, and lets face it, Australia (and indeed every international team) talk trash. "Rein it in or youl'l just become hated"? give it a rest. The Aussies started this in the test series. What's he supposed to do? Cave in like a good little English loser? Give him a bit of credit, he's done pretty well so far. You Aussies have dominated us poms for months. A couple of positive articles for England after a consolation win and listen to yourselves... whinging Aussies!

  • Ashpro79 on January 25, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    "Rein it in".................???? Thats the sorta wet attitude that lost us the Ashes- Stokes is the man. He knows what it takes to get yourself 'up' for the game.

  • markatnotts on January 25, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    @Andrew Ibbotson. Spot on, far too many people just look for comments from England players and then shriek and wail about what has been said on the comments boards.

  • RednWhiteArmy on January 25, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    All summer long australia has repeatedly slated England for not showing enough fight & now when someone shows abit, they accuse him of trash talking? Maybe he should do a Warner & accuse a opposition player directly of being "scared"?

  • CM1000 on January 26, 2014, 0:33 GMT

    Nothing wrong with a bit of banter, but it's better to do it a bit more surreptitiously than that - no doubt there is a lot of frustration after a dismal tour, but that send off didn't look good on TV. Not at all surprising to hear he was fined.