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.
Ben Stokes to Marlon Samuels... #ENGvWIpic.twitter.com/gzoCBKAlJp — Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) September 19, 2017
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."
? Took the wicket of Marlon Samuels. ? Wins the match with a six.? What a performance from Ben Stokes. pic.twitter.com/X1ZuG6dVAh — bet365 (@bet365) September 19, 2017
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."
Ben Stokes gets Marlon Samuels on review - and remains silent!— Paul Newman (@Paul_NewmanDM) September 19, 2017