Trent Bridge, May 26: England pacer James Anderson and Marlon Samuels were involved in a verbal battle in which the West Indies batsman had the upper hand as his century helped turn the tide of the second Test.
The West Indies were in trouble at 63 for four on the first day at Trent Bridge here on Friday when Samuels came to the crease and were still struggling at 136 for six when he was joined by West Indies captain Darren Sammy.
Samuels responded with 107 not out, his third Test century, while Sammy made an unbeaten 88 as West Indies recovered to 304 for six at stumps.
Anderson’s frustration grew as Samuels and Sammy batted patiently, and with a little luck, to set a record seventh-wicket stand for the West Indies against England, The Telegraph reports.
“James Anderson should know I am batting for the team. A lot of balls I left them alone but when I get that double [hundred] I would like James Anderson to say something to me. To be honest I haven’t found too many bowlers who can bowl and talk but I can bat and talk all day,” Samuels said.
Anderson received an on-field warning from umpire Aleem Dar after having an lbw appeal turned down with the second new ball while Samuels and Sammy showed just how good the pitch and the conditions were for batting.
Anderson said: “It does get frustrating at times when you are beating the bat throughout the day. “I had a couple of dropped catches and things built up and built up. I had a close lbw call which could have gone either way. Things can get out of hand but I don’t think I was saying anything too bad.
“He [Dar] just told me to be careful and to stop talking. He said if I get caught on camera I would probably end up getting a punishment. He was just warning me about it.”(ANI)