WEST Indies centurion Marlon Samuels was happy to be on the receiving end of some James Anderson sledging after he combined with Darren Sammy to frustrate England on day one of the second Investec Test.
England were set fair when they reduced the tourists to 136 for six but Samuels dug in for nearly five hours to register 107 not out, his third Test hundred, and Sammy hit an attacking 88no as they reached 304 without further loss. Anderson, who rarely raises a smile when England are in the ascendance, was visibly riled during a luckless final session and aimed a few choice barbs at Samuels.
It did not succeed in unsettling the batsman, who believes Anderson’s loss of composure did him no favours.
“James Anderson should know I’m batting for my team. I left a lot of balls I couldn’t hit to the boundary so I left them alone,” he said.
“But when I get that double century tomorrow I’d like James Anderson to come and 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.
“He is one who gets frustrated very easily so he needs to be stronger.”