Why Ben Stokes was recalled despite leaving field of play?

Never been in changing room and recalled to bat Ben Stokes

At stumps Ben Stokes remained unbeaten on 62

Ben Stokes was glad he had not been hasty to undress in the England changing room after he was called back to the middle on day one of the third Test against West Indies. The all-rounder was seemingly dismissed by Alzarri Joseph in the 70th over of Day 1 of the Test when he pulled a short ball straight back to the bowler. England's No. 7 Jonny Bairstow had already made his way to the middle when replay on the big screen at the ground revealed Joseph had overstepped and thereby had bowled a no ball.

That in itself is nothing new - this was, according to Sky Sports, the 18th dismissal that West Indies alone had had a wicket overturned due to a no-ball since January 2017.

Third umpire Chris Gaffaney altered his on-field counterpart Rod Tucker about it who in turn signalled the no-ball meaning Stokes, who had already climbed up the pavilion stairs, had to return.

Had this incident happened before April 2017, Stokes' departure from the field of play would have signalled the end of the matter. That was the month when the Marylebone Cricket Club included an additional clause in Law 31.7, which governs the status of batsmen "leaving the wicket under a misapprehension".

Ben Stokes returns to the field of play after being recalled by the umpires.

'I was just sat in my chair and when I heard the shouting I thought someone had got out first ball.

Stokes, who will resume an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 124 with Jos Buttler (67) in the morning, had prepared for the third Test by watching footage of his 85-ball century against New Zealand at Lord's in 2015, even if the pitch at the Darren Sammy Stadium and a slow outfield prevented such an explosive innings in this instance. I have been working with Ramps (batting coach Mark Ramprakash) over the last couple of days, going back to a technique similar to that, ' he said. Stokes said: "It's a first for me and something that needs to be taken control of - I don't think in worldwide cricket you should be walking off into the changing rooms then two minutes later back out there. It was just a weird bit of cricket all round", said the all-rounder. "I don't think in worldwide cricket you should be walking off and being in the changing rooms and then being back out there two minutes later".

"I tried to get myself back in that same frame of mind I was when me and Jos were going well out there", he added.

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