Cook frustrated as Stokes fined

Alastair Cook has defended Ben Stokes, who was fined 15 per cent of his match fee for breaching the ICC code of conduct on day three of the second Test against Bangladesh.

Stokes was punished by world cricket's governing body for "conduct contrary to the spirit of the game", after Bangladesh had completed a famous 108-run victory in Dhaka.

An ICC media release revealed the all-rounder had "ignored the on-field umpires' repeated requests and instructions to stop by continuing to verbally engage with Bangladesh batsman Sabbir Rahman".

Although Stokes admitted the offence and accepted his proposed sanction, Cook suggested neither the 25-year-old nor Sabbir had crossed the line.

"I do find it a little bit frustrating," Cook was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.

"Both Sabbir and Stokesy are very competitive cricketers. To me, people love it. That's what people watch.

"Sometimes I believe the umpires can get involved too quickly, and then it blows up even more. When umpires get involved it can drag it out and brings more theatre to it than you need."

Cook (59), Stokes (25) and Ben Duckett (56) were the only England batsmen to reach double figures on Sunday as the tourists slumped from 100 without loss to 164 all out in a dramatic evening session.

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