Ben Stokes asked the umpires not to award the four overthrows that proved decisive in England's bid for World Cup glory, his Test team-mate Jimmy Anderson has revealed.
With England needing nine runs to win from three deliveries, Stokes dived to complete a second run when Martin Guptill's throw ricocheted off his bat to the boundary for four.
The extra runs swung the chase in England's favour and Anderson, speaking on the BBC
's Tailenders podcast, suggested that Stokes asked the umpires to overturn their decision.
'The etiquette in cricket is if the ball is thrown at the stumps and it hits you and goes into a gap in the field you don't run,' said Anderson. 'But if it goes to the boundary, in the rules it's four and you can't do anything about it.
'I think, talking to Michael Vaughan who saw him after the game, Ben Stokes actually went to the umpires and said, 'Can you take that four runs off. We don't want it'. But it's in the rules and that's the way it is.
'It's been talked about for a while among the players, potentially that being a dead ball if it does hit the batsman and veer off somewhere.'
It was suggested on Monday that England were given one run too many for the overthrow incident.
Umpire Kumar Dharmasena signalled six runs but Australian former Test umpire Simon Taufel described the ruling in the final as a 'clear mistake'.
Taufel, who is part of MCC's laws sub-committee, pointed out that because Stokes and Adil Rashid had not crossed when the ball was thrown, only their first run should have counted.