'Never seen that': Cricket world baffled over 'mind-boggling' moment

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  • Ben Stokes
    Ben Stokes
    Cricketer (born 1991)
  • Paul Reiffel
    Australian cricketer and umpire
Ben Stokes (pictured left) leaving the ball and (pictured right) and David Warner hitting the stumps with his finger.
Ben Stokes (pictured left) survived the ball hitting off-stump, but not removing the bail. (Images: Fox Sports)

Cricket fans were left baffled on the fourth day of the SCG Test after Ben Stokes survived a delivery that rattled off-stump but didn't remove the bails.

With England reeling at 5-57, Cameron Green steamed in and his delivery clipped Stokes' off-stump.

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Remarkably, the bails remained on the stumps.

But in a moment that confused everyone, the Australians appealed.

Whether it was for LBW or caught behind, Umpire Paul Reiffel awarded the wicket.

This prompted Stokes to immediately review the decision.

Replays showed the ball rattled the off-stump, but failed to dislodge the bail.

Shane Warne was left stunned in the commentary box and said he had: "Never seen anything quite like that”.

“What‘s he given it out on? How bizarre was that?” Warne said on Fox Cricket.

“Paul Reiffel was a bowler and he‘s seen it hit the stumps and said, ’you’re out’.

“That‘s one of the most bizarre things I’ve seen given out, for the ball hitting the stumps and the bails didn’t come off ... I‘m sorry, I’m still in shock. I’m still not sure what we just saw.”

Moments later Adam Gilchrist echoed Warne's confusion.

“It was extraordinary to see the ball hit the stumps so hard without the bail dropping off,” commentator Gilchrist said.

“And then what transpired after, that was mind-boggling.”

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Following the decision, David Warner was seen hitting the stump with his finger to test the strength of the stump.

The bails were hardly moving, which showcased just how firmly the stumps were placed into the pitch.

The cricket community reacted with similar disbelief following the remarkable sequence of play.

Stokes went onto to make a half-century and remain at the crease till the tea break.

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