Samuels again courts controversy

WEST Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels has again found himself at the centre of controversy in the Big Bash League, this time through a verbal clash with an opposition coach.

Samuels exchanged words with Adelaide Strikers coach Darren Berry during the warm-up before Wednesday night’s game at Etihad Stadium, before he lined up for the Melbourne Renegades.

A Cricket Australia spokesman said match referee Denis Burns was looking at the incident.

The incident came less than a fortnight after Brisbane Heat coach Darren Lehmann questioned the integrity of Samuels’ bowling action. Lehmann was later fined $3000 over his comments, suspended for two years.

The Renegades said Samuels was unavailable for comment after Wednesday night’s game, and Berry would not discuss the issue.

The normally cool Samuels celebrated enthusiastically after taking two wickets late in the game by punching the air, but Renegades coach Simon Helmot said his import was just happy to contribute to the home side’s 48-run win.

Helmot said he was unaware of any verbal exchange between Samuels and Berry.

Just as he did in the game against the Heat, when he conceded only 18 runs from his four overs, Samuels had the last laugh over Berry, as he claimed 3-16 from three overs to help the Renegades return to the top of the table.

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