Marlon Samuels has no respect for the game - Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes (left) and Marlon Samuels (right) during the World T20 final.
Ben Stokes (left) and Marlon Samuels (right) during the World T20 final.
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England all-rounder Ben Stokes has hit back hard at West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels after the heated exchanges between the duo in the World Twenty20 final at Eden Gardens.

Stokes conceded four sixes in the first four deliveries of the final over to Carlos Brathwaite while Samuels stood at the non-striker end as West Indies completed a four-wicket victory to clinch their second consecutive World T20 title.

Samuels himself scored an unbeaten 85 but his gestures at Stokes at the end of the game and the criticism made at Australian legend Shane Warne during the post-match conference docked him 30 per cent of his match fee by the International Cricket Council.

The Durham all-rounder slammed Samuels for his conduct and further went on to add that the 35-year-old had lost the respect with his attitude.

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

"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.

Chasing 156 for the win, West Indies were reeling at 11 for three at one stage but Samuels stood firm and laid the platform for Brathwaite's blitz later in the innings to seal the win. Stokes also revealed his conversation with Samuels where he constantly tried to exert pressure on the Jamaican.

"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.

"‘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."

Stokes has been named in England's One-Day International and Test squads for the upcoming tour of Bangladesh which kicks-off on 7th October.

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