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James Anderson Claims Ben Stokes Asked Umpires ‘Not to Add’ Four Overthrows to England’s Tally

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In his recent interview, England fast bowler James Anderson while citing former English captain Michael Vaughan said that ICC World Cup 2019 grand finale’s hero Ben Stokes had requested on-field umpires to deduct the four overthrows from England’s total against New Zealand at Lord’s on July 14.

The incident unfolded when a ball god deflected with Stokes’ bat following a thrown from Martin Guptill from the deep. Also, during the process of Stokes completing a second run, the ball had crossed the boundary ropes. Subsequently, it saw straight umpire Kumar Dharmasena signalling six runs.

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In the meantime, Stokes, who during a process to get up, had pleaded innocence for not deflecting the ball deliberately.

“I think, talking to Michael Vaughan who saw him (Stokes) 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,” Anderson told BBC’s Tailenders podcast.

The duo could feature in the upcoming Ashes series against Australia which will commence from August 1st at the Edgbaston in Birmingham.

Meanwhile, those crucial runs proved to be costly for Kiwis. Notably, Stokes had extended an apology to Kane Williamson and Co.

Soon after the game, former umpire Simon Taufel had expressed a disappointment. He’s also the part of the MCC. Taufel maintained that umpire had given an extra run considering that Stokes hadn’t made his crease when the ball deflected off his bat.

Anderson on etiquette in cricket:

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The 36-year-old Anderson maintained that the protocol of the cricket is that if a ball hits a batsman after being aimed at stumps and it eventually goes to the vacant area the batsman won’t run. However, he maintained that if the ball finds the fence, then you can’t blame the batter for the same.

“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,” Anderson added.

In the epic finale, New Zealand finished their innings at 241. In response, England tied the game by scoring the same amount of runs in 50 allotted overs.

Besides, the final had tied in the Super Over as well when England set the target of 16 for the Black Caps at Lord’s. In response, Kiwis managed 15 also when Jos Buttler found Guptill well short of his crease. Thus, England went on to win their maiden World Cup on the basis of more boundaries.

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Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. Twitter, Instagram: TahirIbnManzoor