England all-rounder Ben Stokes says he has grown up as his side prepare to start their one-day series against West Indies in Antigua on Friday. Stokes, 25, was ruled out of the 2014 World Twenty20 after punching a dressing room locker in Barbados.
He was hit for four sixes in the last over of last year’s World Twenty20 final as West Indies won the title. “I’ll still have that same desire and hunger and want to get into people’s faces,” he told Test Match Special.
Stokes was named vice-captain of the Test team under Joe Root last month, after deputising during England’s one-day tour of Bangladesh in October. “I like to think I’ve grown. I think that’s just from playing more and getting a few demerit points and a few tellings-off after games,” he said.
But the Durham man, who famously clashed with Marlon Samuels during England’s Test tour of the West Indies in 2015, and again during the World T20 final, added: “That’s what makes me the cricketer I am and I don’t want to lose that(BBC,2017).