“English boys don’t learn” claims West Indies’ Samuels

England captain Alistair Cook jumps to avoid being hit by a shot played by West Indies' Marlon Samuels.
England captain Alistair Cook jumps to avoid being hit by a shot played by West Indies' Marlon Samuels.
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West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels claimed “the English boys don’t learn” after a verbal battle with Ben Stokes inspired him to an unbeaten 94 on day one of the second Test.

Samuels and Stokes shared a few choice words in the middle as the hosts compiled 188 for five in Grenada.

Stokes is a notoriously combustible character, while Samuels is never short of a riposte when confronted at the crease.

He made a memorable century against England at Trent Bridge in 2012, during which he claimed a bout of sparring with James Anderson spurred him on.

And as he closes in on his seventh Test hundred, he had Stokes in his sights.

“Ben Stokes basically is battling himself because he’s just coming into cricket and I’ve been around for a while,” he said.

“It’s obvious the English boys don’t learn because whenever they talk to me I continue scoring runs. But they keep on talking, I guess they can’t help it.

“It all depends on how tomorrow goes...Marlon Samuels 150, Ben Stokes with the ball in his hand. It will be very interesting.

“I kept on telling him but tomorrow I probably have to tell him something different because he’s not listening.

“He keeps talking to me but it keeps me motivated and keeps me batting.”