New Delhi: Flambouyant England all-rounder Ben Stokes has blamed 'brain explosion' for the strange run out in the Lord's Test. The 24-year-old failed to ground his bat even after crossing over to the crease and got run out for a nought.
"The run out was 100 per cent my fault. You could tell by how far over the crease I was that there was a run there. It was just a brain explosion, I guess. A complete lapse of concentration," he was quoted as saying by Daily Mail.
England, chasing a mammoth 509 run target to win the second Test of the 2015 Ashes series, were stuttering at 48/4 and the all-rounder was expected to play a long innings when he came in to bat after the fall of Ian Bell's wicket. But, a school-boy error meant he became a subject of ridicule.
Trying to steal a tight single, non-striker Stokes crossed after Joe Root clipped a Mitchell Marsh delivery on the leg-side, only to find his foot hanging in the air and bat nowhere to make ground as Mitchell Johnson got the stumps disturb with a direct hit from mid-wicket.
"As I walked back I was thinking “What were you doing, you idiot?” The amount of people who have said “You wouldn’t even see that on a village green” — and I get that," Stokes rued.
The Durham all-rounder, who is compared to the likes of Ian Botham and Andrew Flintoff, even resorted to deleting his Twitter app on his phone to avoid reading unsavoury vitriol.
"I deleted the Twitter app on my phone for a couple of days afterwards. I didn’t want to read any of the keyboard warriors. It was stupid what I did. You wouldn’t expect that from anyone, let alone an international cricketer. Rule one is ground your bat," he said.
England lost the match by 405 runs within four days and with that they have allowed their eternal rivals to come back in the series, at 1-1. England have won the first Test at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff by 169 runs.
The third Test will be played at Edgbaston starting July 29.