In cricket, there are eleven ways in which a batter’s innings can end of which five are common (bowled, caught, stumped, run out, and leg before wicket). Five others (hit wicket, hit the ball twice, handled the ball, timed out, obstructing the field) are much rarer and I have never seen such an out in all the matches that I have watched live. The eleventh is where the batter leaves the field voluntarily or due to injury or some other reason without getting out by one of the other ten ways and this is referred to as ‘retired’.
In yesterday’s one-day international game between Australia and England in England, one batter was given out for ‘obstructing the field’. This is where a batter is found guilty of preventing the fielders from getting him out. In this case, the batter (England’s Ben Stokes) hit the ball back to the bowler Mitchell Starc. Starc fielded the ball and seeing a chance to run out Stokes who had stepped outside the crease, threw the ball at the wicket. The ball struck Stokes’s’ hand as he fell trying to get back to safety and Starc appealed, that he had deliberately prevented the ball from hitting the wicket.
After the umpires reviewed the incident, they ruled that Stokes had indeed obstructed the field and gave him out, a decision that proved controversial to the spectators who booed the decision.
You can see the out here.