Ben Stokes vs Marlon Samuels fires up England vs West Indies 1st ODI
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Ben Stokes vs Marlon Samuels fires up England vs West Indies 1st ODI

England captain Eoin Morgan has no fears over Ben Stokes’ conduct as he prepares to face off with West Indies rival Marlon Samuels at Old Trafford on Tuesday

cricket Updated: Sep 19, 2017 13:31 IST
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West Indies Marlon Samuels (R) celebrates past England's Ben Stokes after winning the World T20 cricket final in Kolkata on April 4, 2016. The two will face off in the first England vs West Indies ODI in Manchester on Tuesday. (REUTERS)

Eoin Morgan has no intention of putting the reins on Ben Stokes as England’s star all-rounder prepares to renew acquaintances with West Indies rival Marlon Samuels.

There is little love lost between two of cricket’s most explosive players, with Marlon Samuels memorably handing Ben Stokes a military-style send off in a Test match in Grenada in 2015.

Samuels also laid into Stokes after he was smashed for four consecutive sixes in final of the ICC World Twenty20 by Carlos Brathwaite as the Windies clinched a dramatic victory at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in 2016.

Stokes accused Samuels of a lack of respect, but that has not stopped the Windies batsman stoking the fires by warning the Durham man to “stay on the boundary” or risk another confrontation during the five-match ODI series, which starts on Tuesday.

But limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan will not temper Ben Stokes’ enthusiasm, saying: “I have no worries at all, absolutely none.

“I want Ben to be himself. I want him to get into the contest of a game. It’s part and parcel of his character and getting the best out of Ben Stokes.”

Opposition captain Jason Holder was equally bullish about Marlon Samuels when addressing the issue at a media conference.

“Marlon is one competitive guy and he likes a good competition,” he said.

“Whether it’s beneficial to him he’ll have to decide.

“Whatever Marlon has to do to get himself fired up I’m quite happy for him to do it as long as it’s within the spirit of the game and he doesn’t go overboard.”

First Published: Sep 19, 2017 13:23 IST