Marlon Samuels backed by Curtly Ambrose after Ben Stokes salute
Last Updated: 24/04/15 12:21am
West Indies bowling coach Curtly Ambrose wants Marlon Samuels to keep having fun at England's expense, after the Jamaican cheekily saluted Ben Stokes on day three of the second Test.
Samuels and Stokes have engaged in a fierce running battle in Grenada, twice alerting umpires with their verbal barrages in the middle.
Joe Root's stylish century may have given England the lead in the game, finishing 74 runs ahead on 373 for six, but Samuels landed a late blow in his row with Stokes.
After the Durham all-rounder holed out for eight, he passed Samuels, who clutched his hat to his chest and raised a hand to his temple.
Stokes was decidedly unamused, but Ambrose backed his man.
"There's nothing wrong with a little bantering. This is international cricket. 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.
"That's something that we don't really preach. We always make sure that we tell the guys to keep it clean, and keep it within a certain range, and don't go over the top.
"International cricket is hard, and they must find ways to relax themselves, and smiling is one of those things. As much as we're working hard and want to win, you must have some fun doing it. You've got to enjoy what you are doing."
Coverage of day four of the second Test between West Indies and England will continue on Friday at 2.30pm on Sky Sports 2.