The ongoing rivalry between Marlon Samuels and Ben Stokes in the West Indies – England test series took a comical turn on Thursday. As soon as Ben Stokes was dismissed for 8 and as he walked past Samuels, the Jamaican placed his hat near his chest, and raised his hand in a way to salute the dismissed batsman.
Almost everyone barring Ben Stokes saw the funny side out of it. Earlier in the test, Samuels said that the harsh words of Ben Stokes stimulated him to succeed and he eventually got to a ton thanks to some unnecessary motivation from Stokes.
Curtly Ambrose, the great West Indian pace bowler and now the bowling coach had the following views, “”There’s nothing wrong with a little bantering.” “This is international cricket.” Ambrose though, also mentioned that things were acceptable as far as they were not blown out of proportion. “As long as it doesn’t go over the top, I’m fine with it,” he said.
“I think it’s more friendly than anything else. He gave a salute. Is that a sign of respect? I don’t know but I’m hoping so. We always make sure that we tell the guys to keep it clean, keep it within a certain range and don’t go over the top.”
Former Ashes winner and England captain Michael Vaughan also shared a similar view and said, “I think that’s the greatest thing I’ve seen in Test cricket for a long time, I hope he doesn’t get any kind of fine. I thought that was brilliant banter.”