England get freak six runs after incredible Stokes deflection ENGLANDâs director of cricket Ashley Giles says he is unconcerned at claims England were given an extra run in their World Cup win over New Zealand.
A fielderâs throw hit Ben Stokesâ bat as he dived to complete a second run in the final over and went for four.
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England were given six runs but Stokes and Adil Rashid had not crossed when the throw was released, so the law appears to say that was one too many.
Asked whether it mattered to him, Giles said: “Not really.”
He added: “You could argue the last ball that [Trent] Boult bowled was a full toss on leg stump and if Stokesâ hadnât just been looking for two he probably wouldâve banged it out of the ground anyway
“We are world champions; we have got the trophy and we intend to keep it.”
Retired Australian umpire Simon Taufel, who was named the International Cricket Councilâs Umpire of the Year on five successive occasions from 2004 to 2008, called the award of the extra run a “clear mistake”.
The ICC said umpires took decisions on the field based on their interpretation of the rules and that it did not comment on them
Stokes went on to help England match New Zealandâs total of 241 before they won one of the most amazing games of cricket ever played following an additional âsuper overâ.
Both teams ended the extra over with 15 runs but England were crowned champions by virtue of having scored more boundary fours and sixes â” 26 to New Zealandâs 17 â” in the entire match
New Zealand batsman Henry Nicholls brushed off the decision as part of the sport.
“It doesnât mean anything to us now. Itâs the game; things happen,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live
“Sometimes you get the rub of the green. England had a great tournament, they have been the dominant team for the last four years so they deserve to win it.”(BBC Sport).