Stay on the boundary, Samuels warns Stokes

September 06, 2017
Marlon Samuels (right) made 85 not out as West Indies beat England in the 2016 World T20 final. Ben Stokes is at right.

It will be out of the frying pan and into the fire for Engalnd all-rounder Ben Stokes, who has been rested for the solitary Twenty20 International against West Indies later this month.

Stokes will avoid a renewed T20 rivalry with West Indies star Carlos Brathwaite, who had clobbered four successive sixes off the right-arm seamer in the last over of the Twenty20 World Cup final in India last year April for a dramatic victory.

However, Stokes will come face to face with another of his West Indies nemeses, Jamaican Marlon Samuels, in the one-day international squad, which will clash with the Windies in five matches starting September 19 at Old Trafford.

Stokes, who was reprimanded for using "obscene, offensive or insulting" language during the second Test West Indies at Headingley, is one demerit point away from a ban.

Adding fuel to fire, Samuels was recently quoted by The Guardian, warning Stokes to "stay on the boundary" in the limited-overs matches..

The pair has clashed several times, notably when Samuels saluted after Stokes' dismissal in a Test in 2015.

"I'm going to come to England and be a good boy, at least for the start," 36-year-old Samuels told The Guardian.

"As long as he keeps quiet, I won't start anything, so if anything does happen, that means he has said something to me first.


'Lacks respect'


"He should stay on the boundary when I'm batting, as far away as possible."

Stokes and Samuels exchanged words during the second Test in Grenada in 2015, after which Samuels said "the English boys don't learn".

When Stokes was dismissed later in the game, Samuels stood and saluted as the all-rounder left the field.

Stokes, 26, said Samuels "lacks respect" after he put his feet on the table during a news conference following West Indies' World T20 final victory over England in 2016.

Samuels added: "He wanted to take me on a couple of years ago. He started something and I told him he better be prepared to finish it.

"But I saw him during the IPL this year and he didn't say anything. I hope he can continue on that path. If not, I have things in place."

England meet West Indies in the third and final Test at Lord's starting tomorrow, with the series level at 1-1.


T20 - Eoin Morgan (captain), Jonathan Bairstow, Jake Ball, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey.

ODI - Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Jake Ball, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes.

Source: CMC and The Guardian

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