Yahoo – Singapore – England white-ball captain Eoin Morgan has urged Ben Stokes to retain his competitive approach despite the prospect of facing longstanding antagonist Marlon Samuels in the first one-day international against West Indies.

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  • England white-ball captain Eoin Morgan has urged Ben Stokes to retain his competitive approach despite the prospect of facing longstanding antagonist Marlon Samuels in the first one-day international against West Indies.
  • The pair then exchanged words during West Indies’ 2016 World Twenty20 final win over England in Kolkata — a match where Samuels, who made 85 not out, was at the other end when Carlos Brathwaite hit four successive sixes off Stokes in the last over to give the Caribbean side the title.
  • But Samuels indicated he would be on his best behaviour in England, having not featured during the recent Test series because of a dispute with West Indies cricket chiefs and a clash with the Caribbean Premier League.
  • Morgan added he hoped Stokes could transfer his red-ball bowling form into the ODI arena after the Durham paceman took a Test-best six for 22 in England’s series-clinching victory over West Indies at Lord’s this month.
  • West Indies require a 5-0 series win — or 4-0 with a tie or no-result — over Morgan’s men if they are to gain direct entry to the 2019 World Cup in England.


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