ENG vs WI: Marlon Samuels mocks Stokes, says English boys don't learn

St George's, Grenada: West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels claimed "the English boys don't learn" after a verbal battle with Ben Stokes inspired him on Day One of the second Test.

Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes 

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.

Marlon Samuels against England on Tuesday. Pic/AFP
Marlon Samuels against England on Tuesday. Pic/AFP 

"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. 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."

Samuels and Denesh Ramdin made cautious progress through a rain-shortened morning as the West Indies reached 210 for five at lunch on the second day yesterday. Only 40 minutes' play was possible at the National Stadium with 22 runs added off 8.5 overs shared between seamers Ben Stokes and Chris Jordan.

Rain halts Samuels' ton
Within sight of a seventh Test hundred in his 100th innings, Samuels (97) curbed the aggression which saw him dominate the final session on the first day. He added just three to his overnight score.

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