England all-rounder Ben Stokes has apologised for his "unprofessional reaction" after an altercation with a member of the crowd during the fourth Test against South Africa.
"I admit that my reaction was unprofessional."
England's Ben Stokes leaves the field after being dismissed on day one of the fourth test against South Africa.
Managing Director of England cricket team and former spinner Ashley Giles even claimed that after the incident, the English team's officials were subjected to abuse by the fans, therefore, he asked security for the remainder of the match.More news: Brexit: Boris Johnson signs withdrawal agreement in Downing Street
Stokes' words were picked up by broadcasters and, though they did not show it live, it was broadcasted shortly after his dismissal.
In a statement on Twitter, Stokes said he was subjected to "repeated abuse from the crowd" when he was walking off but admitted "I should not have reacted in that way".
Pope had earlier chopped Nortje onto his stumps to trigger the second collapse of the innings, after England had lost 4-50 on day one, with Dom Sibley (44), Zak Crawley (66), Joe Denly (27) and Ben Stokes (2) departing after tea.
South Africa's Kagiso Rabada was banned from the final Test after being deemed to have celebrated the dismissal of England captain Joe Root too aggressively during the third Test. "One incident will not ruin such a competitive series, which we are determined to win", he added.More news: China coronavirus: Death toll rises as more cities restrict travel
The England team said members of its support staff were also verbally abused during and after play at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.
The 28-year-old used expletives towards someone as he made his way off the field after being dismissed for two.
"We have requested to the venue to ensure that security and stewarding are enhanced for the remainder of the match so that players and staff members can go about their duties without provocation", he said.
As far as the match is concerned, England ended the day on a promising 192 for 1. Stokes is the laTest in a long list of players to have spats with spectators at The Wanderers, where there is a long walk from the dressing rooms to the pitch, alongside a grassy bank often filled with boozy spectators.More news: Lampard concerned by Abraham’s ankle injury
After the conclusion of the day's play, Stokes came back out of the dressing-room to chat to spectators - including those by the players' tunnel, where the incident took place - and to sign autographs.