England cricket star Ben Stokes is close to receiving a ban from the game after making an inappropriate comment during the Test with West Indies at Headingley.
The English all-rounder's latest verbal offense has seen him earn a third demerit, one short of the fourth that will suspend him on disciplinary grounds.
The notoriously hot-heated Stokes has this demerit to go alongside two others that he received in October and November of 2016 for other inappropriate verbal comments.
Stokes, during a match, was hit by Shai Hope, which was then followed by a clearly spoken and audible expletive through the stump mic and also easily heard by the match officials.
The charge was given by the match umpire during the game; while afterwards, Stokes accepted his violation and therefore did away with any potential hearing regarding the case.
As one of England's most consistent batsmen, the news of a possible suspension is not met with much satisfaction.
Some ideas have rose that Stokes purposely planned his time to get another demerit in order to have his suspension be served during a period in which he will not be relied on so heavily.
With this idea comes further risk as demerit points remain on a players record for two years and suspensions could then add on to one another, meaning that Stokes could receive a ban of two Tests or four ODIs if he were to reach eight demerits before October of 2018.
Another demerit before October 2018 will suspend Stokes from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whichever comes first.
Stokes' value to the current England set-up is huge, so if he was to receive a suspension due to bad behaviour, it would be a big blow to the side.
He will have to be on his best behaviour for the foreseeable future, especially with The Ashes coming up at the end of the year.