Replying to Australia’s 416-8 declared, England have been reeling on 57-4 with the spectre of follow-on looming massive when Australia skipper Pat Cummins introduced again Green for one more spell.
Stokes left the primary ball from Green which deviated because it crossed the batsman and umpire Paul Reiffel upheld Australia’s vociferous attraction for an lbw.
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While the house aspect celebrated the dismissal, Stokes instantly reviewed it and replays confirmed the ball was nowhere close to the pad and had hit the highest of the off-stump although the affect was not sufficient to dislodge the bail.
The lbw determination was overturned and Stokes, then on 16, couldn’t suppress his glee on the reprieve earlier than he resumed batting.
Stokes had been rewarded with one other “life” when Cummins spilled a pointy return catch when the batsman was on 9.
Australia have an unassailable 3-0 lead within the five-Test sequence.