Australia opener David Warner’s dismissal getting chalked off in because of a no-ball the first Ashes Test was “frustrating”, Ben Stokes has said. The England all-rounder, who had bowled a number of no-balls without being called as a technical glitch limited the third umpire’s ability to monitor the offence, said that it would have helped if the on-field umpire had told him earlier that he was overstepping.
“It was frustrating to have David Warner out early in his innings only for a no-ball to chalk it off. Some have suggested that I knew it was a no-ball immediately after he was bowled, but I didn’t, that was just my reaction,” Stokes said in a column for The Mirror.
“It was only when I turned round and saw the way (umpire) Rod Tucker was talking that I thought it might have been and it turns out there were quite a few.
“There are two sides to it. I should be behind the line, but as a bowler it is also helpful when the umpire lets you know you are over, but I wasn’t told until it was too late,” he said.
While Warner went on to score 94 runs, Stokes leaked 65 runs in the 12 overs he bowled and couldn’t pick up a single wicket. England eventually lost the Test by nine wickets.
The ICC’s automated no-ball detection hardware had failed in Brisbane, one of a number of tech-related issues to strike the opening Test, meaning on-field umpires had to revert back to calling front-foot no-balls.