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Samuels goads frustrated Anderson
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 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. He said: "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."
"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."
Samuels' mood became more conciliatory when Anderson arrived at the back of the media room to offer England's assessment of the day.
"He's out there now, looking at me," said Samuels, with a broad smile. "He's a very good guy. In the last game at Lord's he was a bit frustrated but I told him 'you're still my favourite bowler'. I told him the same thing today, no matter what he said."
Anderson, who took two wickets and superb one-handed catch in the first session, admitted he had lost his cool as the Windies rallied. He revealed umpire Aleem Dar had spoken to him about his conduct but explained he does not feel he went too far.
"It does get frustrating at times when you're beating the bat and I had a couple of dropped catches in the morning," he said. "It just built up and there were a couple of lbws that could have gone either way. Things can get a little bit out of hand but I wasn't saying anything that bad I don't think."
Anderson refused to be too downhearted about England's position, pointing to a pitch that was weighted firmly towards the batsmen as cause for optimism.
"To have them 136 for six...we weren't expecting that. We expected a hard day in the field which we ended up getting," he said. "We made early inroads which was great but it just flattened out and they played really well in the last session in particular."