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England all-rounder Ben Stokes has admitted that he needs to stop letting his anger get the better of him after he punched a locker and broke his wrist prior to the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
The incident occurred when Stokes was dismissed for a golden duck in the third Twenty20 International against the West Indies in Barbados.
“I was disappointed that things had not gone well personally and it got the better of me,” Stokes told ESPNcricinfo. “I’m very passionate about cricket, but unfortunately it came out in a way I regret in Barbados. Looking back, it is a lesson learned. I need to show that passion on the pitch, but I need to keep it there and not bring it off the field.
“It’s a matter of handling it a bit more maturely. Punching lockers isn’t the way forward for anyone. There’s only going to be one winner there.
“I did it when I was a lot younger and I thought I’d moved on from it. I broke a bone then as well. It wasn’t a locker; it was a fire door and it was when I playing club cricket.”
Stokes also revealed that he wasn’t disciplined by then head coach Ashley Giles or the rest of the coaching staff.
“Ashley Giles didn’t say much to me on the matter,” Stokes said. “He didn’t need to.
“He knew that the worst punishment was missing the World Cup. I was really looking forward to it. Nothing he could do could be as bad as anything he could have said. It would have been my first global event.
“The management were obviously disappointed and I let them know that I was disappointed with myself. I spoke to the team before I left and said I was sorry for letting them down.”
Stokes is also hoping that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will not look at the incident as a reflection of his attitude.
“I hope the ECB look at it as a moment of stupidity and know that I know I made a big mistake,” he said. “I hope I don’t give them an opportunity not to play me because of my attitude. That is something I make sure I’m on top of. It is a big thing, attitude. That was part of how I was brought up by my old man.”
The 22-year-old added that his father, Ged Stokes, wasn’t impressed with his behaviour either.
“He wasn’t best pleased,” Stokes said. “He just called me a wally.”