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IND vs ENG 3rd Test | Ben Stokes breaks no-saliva rule, spoken to by umpires

The incident took place at the end of the 12th over when Stokes was seen using saliva to shine the ball.

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New Delhi Updated on: February 24, 2021 21:34 IST
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England all-rounder Ben Stokes was seen applying saliva on the ball on the opening day of the day-night third Test against India here on Wednesday, following which the ball had to be sanitised.

The incident took place at the end of the 12th over when Stokes was seen using saliva to shine the ball, prompting umpire Nitin Menon to have a chat with him. The ball was subsequently sanitised.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) had banned the use of saliva to shine the ball due to the COVID-19 pandemic in June last year.

As per the ICC's COVID-19 regulations, a team can be issued up to two warnings per innings but repeated use of saliva on the ball will result in a 5-run penalty to the batting side.

Whenever saliva is applied to the ball, the umpires have to clean it before play recommences.

Earlier, left-arm spinner Axar Patel took six wickets and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin bagged three as England managed to post just 112 in the first innings. Opener Zak Crawley was the top scorer for England with 53.

In reply, India lost their first wicket in the form of Shubman Gill as Jofra Archer dismissed the youngster for a 51-ball 11. Cheteshwar Pujara also walked back on duck after being trapped by Jack Leach.

(With PTI Inputs)

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