Stokes became exchanged in a verbal altercation with a South African fan after he was dismissed - an incident he has apologised for - and is waiting to find out what disciplinary action the ICC will take against him.
That was in recognition of his stellar 2019, when he was pivotal in helping England win the Cricket World Cup and also played one of the most memorable Test innings to make a century and snatch victory from almost-certain defeat in an Ashes test against Australia.
Stokes shouted "come and say it to me outside the ground" before aiming two expletives at the person. Multiple reports suggest that the cricketer did not take kindly to being unfavourably compared to Ed Sheeran.
It is understood the fan ran down from the top of the stand to swear at Stokes for being ginger. It only lasted a few seconds before he headed up the players' tunnel.
Stokes' words were picked up by broadcasters and, though they did not show it live, it was broadcasted shortly after his dismissal.
"I admit that my reaction was unprofessional."For one thing, the gravity of the comments aimed at Stokes may be considered, while there will also be some thought to Stokes' state of mind as he deals with the ongoing illness of his father, Ged, who remains in hospital in the city having fallen ill at the start of the tour.
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In a statement, Stokes said he was sorry, while Ashley Giles, managing director for England cricket, added other England personnel had been abused and issued a strong condemnation.
Giles has made a request for the stadium to beef up security around the England team. England have asked for increased security after a number of players and support staff were abused by the crowd.
England leads 2-1 and can clinch the series with a draw at the Wanderers, which is renowned in South Africa for its raucous crowds.
Stokes admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Andy Pycroft of the ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.
The series has generally been played in a good spirit although there have been two previous flash points.
"Throughout the Tests so far, the support from both sets of fans (England and South Africa) has been brilliant".