England all-rounder Ben Stokes on Saturday issued an apology to his fans for his “unprofessional” behaviour on the first day of the fourth Test against South Africa. A spectator on Friday likened him to the singer, Ed Sheeran after the all-rounder’s dismissal. As Stokes was leaving the field, he paused and appeared to abuse the fan, ESPN Cricinfo reported.
Following the incident, Stokes took to Twitter to issue an apology.
“I wish to apologise for my language that was heard on the live broadcast today after my dismissal. I should not have reacted in that way. As I was leaving the playing area, I was subjected to repeated abuse from the crowd,” Ben said in the message.
“I admit that my reaction was unprofessional, and I sincerely apologise for the language I used, especially to the many young fans watching the live telecast around the world,” he added.
Stokes also admitted that the support from both sets of fans, England and South Africa, has been brilliant and his team is determined to win the series.
“Throughout the Tests so far, the support from both sets of fans (England and South Africa) has been brilliant. One incident will not ruin such a competitive series, which we are determined to win,” he said.
England will resume their first innings from 192/4 on day two on Saturday.