Don't like Marlon Samuels one bit; he doesn't respect the game: Ben Stokes

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London, Sep 18: Hitting out at West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels, England cricketer Ben Stokes said that he "did not like the latter one bit" and that he "does not respect the game".

Stokes, in his autobiography Firestarter: Me, Cricket and the Heat of the Moment, slammed the West Indies batsman. An extract of Stokes' autobiography was published in British tabloid The Daily Mail.

Don't like Marlon Samuels one bit; he doesn't respect the game: Ben Stokes

Both Samuels and Stokes have exchanged some verbal volleys on-field in the past.

"Marlon's conduct after West Indies' victory over us in this year's World Twenty20 final showed a total disrespect for the game. (Samuels takes a dig at Warne)

"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. I believe in the saying 'respect the game'. I don't think he respects the game," wrote Stokes.

Samuels described Stokes as 'nervous laddie' and someone who 'doesn't learn' while addressing media after West Indies defeated England in the World T20 2016.

"With his feet still on the table rather than under it, he claimed 'Stokes never learns' after our on‑field exchanges during that final. Hang on. I was not the one fined 30 per cent of my match fee for using offensive language.

"Any verbals from me that evening had been in the heat of battle and were intended to gee up my team," wrote Stokes in his column recounting the incident.

Talking about the exchange between him and the Jamaican in the tournament final, Stokes said, "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. I couldn't resist."

The World T20 final was a forgettable one for Ben Stokes who went for four sixes in the final over as England ended up on the losing side. 

Samuels was fined 30 per cent of his match fee for using abusive language during his side's four-wicket win over England in the final at Eden Gardens.

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