Following the incident of Kagisa Rabada swearing at Lords after dismissing Ben Stokes in the first innings, costed him a test match ban. An official statement was later released after the incident saying, that Kagiso Rabada had breeched Code of Conduct of the ICC and will have to pay for it. Later Kagiso Rabada took his revenge by dismissing Ben Stokes again in the second innings. Being penalized in England is something no player would ever want since the news papers and critics in English media without having any general view on the matter, start defending the English team. But where are all these people when ( always ) any English player is involved in such below average behavior activities while playing? They label the player as “Disgrace” when others do but when their own players do, they weep and repeat the word “Unfair”.
It’s clear that not some of the times, but many of the times the English team plays negative cricket. Their ego is something disgraceful for the game of cricket. They don’t deserve the self built ego since it lowers the cricketing mentality of their players. Here are few of the poor behavior issues English players were involved in, which English media let fly in the air but cameras gladly don’t let such actions just disolve in the thin air.
You might be wondering why a specific sentence is not used to lighten up the specific incident that is supposed to be talked about. The point is Ben Stokes himself is a big behavior problem. No hate for Ben Stokes here, he’s a brilliant player and probably one of the finest all-rounder in the world. But sometimes or mostly he creates discipline issues on the ground. Anyone can see him swearing loudly for countless times while bowling when the batsman on the strike keeps on playing good shots. At one point it is understandable that sledging or swearing does helps bowlers to show their aggression but doing it every single time is something that does not help a team to win a match at all but, sets inappropriate examples for the next generation of the game.
As if that’s not enough for him, he over reacts sometimes after being dismissed and has an issue with the opponent team celebrating his wicket. Stokes needs to know that everyone feels the same way!
Recently, in the semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, when more than half of the English batting line-up was sent back to the pavilion, when England needed to get bunch of runs on the board, Ben Stokes wanted to sledge when Imad Wasim was going to his fielding position. Someone needs to tell Stokes that sledging does not earn up some runs on the board.
Talking about Stoke’s disciplinary problems, it can never come to an end.
“Sledging when you should be bowling instead”
Sledging is something that makes a fast bowler a complete fast bowler. The likes of Dennis Lilie and Shoaib Akhtar are known for their fired up aggression and that obviously includes sledging. Sledging is something not everyone is good at and it’s a “Try not to cringe” when an English bowler tries to sledge. Sledge fires things up between the batsman and the bowler. It doesn’t fire up on every situation you want to, there’s a special timing for that.
English bowlers want to sledge right when they need to focus more on the ball. They think they’re more nasty than the deadliest bowlers in the history of the cricket. One of the recent example is when Liam Plunkett tried to sledge in the middle of a Champions Trophy semi-final against Pakistan. It was a great response by Fakhar Zaman who replied with “No English” , despite of knowing English very well. That happened when England could’ve got serious and make it their day but again, lack of cricketing mentality.
Their players sometimes don’t accept the on field umpire call and sometimes they walk in to the match refree and argue with him. They take frustration out in the wrong way which never gets caught by the discipline committee but when player of other countries do, English media gets at it’s best.