Ben Stokes asked umpires to take away overthrow runs, reveals James Anderson

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England bowler James Anderson has claimed that Ben Stokes had asked umpires to take away the four overthrows awarded to England in the World Cup final.

Anderson quoted Stokes as saying that he had appealed to the umpires to overturn their decision.

“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. I think, talking to Michael Vaughan who saw him 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,” Sydney Morning Herald quoted Anderson as telling BBC’s Tailenders podcast.

During the final over in England’s chase of 241 at Lord’s on Sunday, Stokes accidentally deflected the ball off to the third man boundary, while attempting to dive for his crease with an outstretched bat in a bid to complete his second run.

Sri Lankan umpire Kumar Dharmasena signalled six runs for the incident.

The decision brought England back to the game needing three off two balls.