Samuels: Aussies dislike doesn't matter

KINGSTON, JAMAICA - In the aftermath of an on-field altercatio n between Samuels and Australian legend, Shane Warne, during their teams' Australian Big Bash T20 game, White is reported in the media as saying he 'doe s not think the Jamaican is well liked in Australian cricket'.

"It doesn't matter if the Australia team doesn't like me. I am not playing for Australia, I am playing for the West Indies," Samuels stated to The Glea ner. "Look at Australia's behaviour with the Sri Lankans in the last T20 game, that's just the Australians on a whole. I have a very strong characte r, so whatever they say to me I am going to answer back.

"If they want to like me or don't want to like m e, it's neither here nor there. I am a Jamaican and a West Indian and the In dians like me."

The incident involving Sir Lanka and Australia to which Samuels referred occurred on M onday when the Lankans' tour of Down Under finished with ugly scenes after players argued on the field at the end of their Twenty20 encounter.

White is also reported as saying p ersons are of the view that Samuels "carries on a bit". Samuels, however, be lieves the negative criticism is due to the fact that he is at the top of hi s game at the moment.

"When I just came back into cricket, I was scoring 70s and 50s. (Cameron) White was still around. Why didn't he (White) come out and say that at the time?" Samuels questioned. "As soon as I am on top, a lot of people coming at me, b ut you can't have a smooth run and I don't expect to have one."

There is history between Samuels and t he pair of White and Warne. Samuels first clashed with White in last year's I ndian Premier League. Both players exchanged choice words during their respe ctive turn at the crease.

As for Warne, their first altercation came during the last T20 World Cup whe n the players also traded harsh words during their teams' group match and se mi-final encounters.

"Whi te and I had a run-in last year, so obviously I had hurt his feelings, but he was the first one that said something very disrespectful to me and I answe red, so White is still having me up," Samuels shared. "Same thing with Warne , as he disrespected me and I answered ... ."

Eye injury

The West Indies team is currently in Australia on tour, where they are scheduled to play five one-day internationals (ODIs) and a one -off Twenty20 match. The first ODI match was played yesterday.

Samuels had intended to sit out the tou r even before suffering a serious eye injury from a Lasith Malinga bouncer i n the contentious Big Bash T20 League match between the Melbourne Renegades a nd Melbourne Stars.

"The physio wanted me to get some rest, but I have a contract in Bangladesh and th e money was good in Bangladesh and there is the West Indies tour, so I thoug ht it would have been a problem which one I chose," Samuels reasoned.

"So everything happens for a re ason. I am here taking the rest and enjoying some lovely time in Jamaica, do ing some positive work and spending some quality time with my family."

First Published In The Jamaica Gleaner.

Sat, 02/02/2013 - 14:50