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I do not like him one bit: Stokes on Samuels

Ben Stokes reveals details of exchange with Marlon Samuels during World T20 final in Kolkata

Cricket Network

17 September 2016, 12:53 PM

England allrounder Ben Stokes has fired a salvo at fierce rival Marlon Samuels, detailing a foul-mouthed exchange between the pair during the ICC World T20 final earlier this year.

In an extract from his book Firestarter that was published in The Daily Mail, Stokes said the Jamaican's behaviour during and after the final "showed a total disrespect for the game" and enforced Stokes' belief that "I do not like him one bit".

Neither Stokes nor Samuels have shied away from their dislike of each other, their rivalry first exploding on the international stage during a Test in Grenada last year.

And the two combatants took it to a new level when Samuels guided the Windies to a thrilling WT20 victory in Kolkata in April, with Stokes hammered for four consecutive sixes in the final over of the match by Carlos Brathwaite as Samuels stood at the non-striker’s end.

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Samuels was fined 30 per cent of his match fee for his conduct during the match and continued to fire shots after play, criticising Stokes and Australian great Shane Warne in a bizarre post-match press conference.

"Marlon’s conduct after West Indies’ victory ... showed a total disrespect for the game," Stokes wrote.

"Without removing his batting pads, Marlon walked into a press conference, sat down and placed his feet on the desk. Totally lacking manners.

"It didn’t require him to give me a character assassination – bizarrely claiming I am some sort of 'nervous laddie' – to help me form the opinion that I do not like him one bit.

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"I believe in the saying 'respect the game'. I don’t think he respects the game.

"Yes, he played an unbelievable innings but, because of our personal history, it stops me short of saying he’s a good player. Team players are the good players in my eyes."

Stokes also revealed what was said between the pair early in the run chase when England were in total control with the Windies reeling at 3-14, needing 156 to win.

"I was at mid-off and, in my enthusiasm, found myself creeping in from my position and I noticed that Samuels, at the non-striker’s end, was walking around like the big easy," Stokes wrote.

"I couldn’t resist. 'You’ve got a bit of a swagger on here, Marlon, considering you’re 14 for three,’ I said.

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"‘Shut the f*** up, you little b***h,’ came the reply.

"I simply reminded him of the score, and he came back with the same words again."

The 25-year-old Stokes, who will be a key player on England's upcoming Test and ODI tour of Bangladesh, also spoke of his heartbreak following the dramatic final over.

"People will talk about Carlos Brathwaite hitting me for four consecutive sixes for the rest of my life. I can deal with that. What I couldn’t handle was losing the game," he wrote.

"It was a numb feeling. I felt hollow. My England teammates were the ones I had affected most with those four deliveries.

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"We had gone all the way to the tournament’s final over. But in a flash, all that hard graft had come to nothing.

"The other lads were there for me. I felt their hands on my back, on my shoulders. I was aware of their kind and supportive words. Yet I was barely listening. And I couldn’t say ‘Thanks’. Actually, I couldn’t talk at all.

"In the aftermath, people kept asking: ‘Will you bowl the death over again?’ It didn’t need much thought. One hundred per cent I will."

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