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Stokes wins latest round with Samuels

  • Published at 08:31 am September 20th, 2017
Stokes wins latest round with Samuels
England's Ben Stokes had the satisfaction of dismissing longstanding antagonist Marlon Samuels during the first one-day international against the West Indies at Old Trafford on Tuesday. All-rounder Stokes had the experienced batsman given out caught behind down the legside on review for an unusually subdued 17 off 46 balls. That left West Indies 107 for four in the 26th over as they struggled for runs in a match where the start was delayed by two hours because of a wet outfield. Samuels' exit would have been a particular source of joy to Stokes given their previous fiery encounters. Samuels "saluted" Stokes off the pitch in a Test match in Grenada two years ago, a gesture that riled the England star. The pair then exchanged words during West Indies' 2016 World Twenty20 final win over England in Kolkata - a match where Samuels, who made 85 not out, was at the other end when Carlos Brathwaite hit four successive sixes off Stokes in the last over to give the Caribbean side the title. Following the World T20 final, Samuels said Stokes was a "nervous lad". Tuesday's match was given an extra twist by the knowledge Stokes is now just one demerit point away from a ban under the International Cricket Council's code of conduct that could rule him out of two ODIs or one Test, whichever comes sooner. That led to suggestions Stokes should get himself banned early during the West Indies one-dayers so he can start England's upcoming Ashes Test series in Australia with a clean slate. But England one-day captain Eoin Morgan, speaking to reporters on Monday, insisted he wanted Stokes to retain his competitive edge. "I want Ben to be himself," Morgan said, adding: "I want Ben to get into the contest of a game. It's part and parcel of his character and part and parcel of getting the best out of Stokes. "I've no worries at all." Earlier this month, Samuels insisted he would be on his best behaviour in England, having not featured during the recent Test series because of a dispute with West Indies cricket chiefs and a clash with the Caribbean Premier League. "I'm going to come to England and be a good boy, at least for the start," the 36-year-old Jamaican told the Guardian in an interview. "As long as he (Stokes) keeps quiet, I won't start anything."
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