The Ashes 4th Test: ‘Let’s be fair to bowlers’, says Sachin Tendulkar after Ben Stokes’s bizarre survival

David Warner could be seen knocking the stumps multiple times when the replays were being shown.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes’s bizarre survival on Day 3 of the fourth Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) prompted Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar to ask if a new rule should be brought in to account for the bails not getting dislodged after it has been by a delivery from a fast bowler.

“Should a law be introduced called ‘hitting the stumps’ after the ball has hit them but not dislodged the bails? What do you think guys? Let’s be fair to bowlers!” said Tendulkar in a tweet in which he tagged Australia spin legend Shane Warne.

Warne, who is part of the commentary panel for the Ashes, took note of the tweet. “Interesting point & one to debate my friend. I will take this to the world cricket committee for discussion & come back to you. Never seen anything like that today – Greene’s delivery was 142kph and hit the stump hard !!!!!” said Warne in his tweet.

Stokes was given out after Australia appealed for his dismissal. It’s not sure whether Australia appealed for an LBW or a caught behind as Stokes had shouldered his arms and his bar was nowhere close to his ball.

Stokes immediately took the DRS and sent the decision upstairs, knowing the ball had not hit his pads as well.

After an anxious wait, the replays showed that that Green’s delivery not just kissed the stumps but crashed into the off-stump but the bails did not fall off. Evidence made it clear that the ball did not hit Stokes’s pads as well and the deflection was from the stumps.

Stokes burst out laughing and held up his hands when he saw the replay. He was only on 16 at the time, with Jonny Bairstow at the other end on four off 18 deliveries. The pair went on to put up 128 runs for the fifth wicket with Stokes scoring 66 off 91. Bairstow carried on after Stokes’s dismissal and finished the day unbeaten on 103 off 140 balls.