Ben Stokes has received his second ICC reprimand in the last month, giving him two demerit points under the new code of conduct - halfway to being banned for a Test match. Stokes admitted a Level One offence after being dismissed on the first day of the Mohali Test against India.
Stokes was found to have used "language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during", in breach of Article 2.1.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct. Having been stumped for 29 during the afternoon session, he reacted to the India players celebrating - exchanging words with Virat Kohli - and his comments were heard by the on-field umpires.
In Chittagong late month, Stokes was fined 15% of his match fee and given a demerit point for "verbally engaging" with Bangladesh batsman Sabbir Rahman. If he reaches four demerit points within a two-year period, he faces suspension for one Test or two limited-overs internationals.
The charge in Mohali was laid by the umpiring team of Marais Erasmus, Chris Gaffaney and Kumar Dharmasena. Because Stokes accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Ranjan Madugalle, there was no need for a formal hearing.