Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

ICC charges Windies' Gabriel for Root slur

ICC charges Windies' Gabriel for Root slur

Wood, brought into the team for the first time this series, offered England genuine pace of more than 90 miles-per-hour (145 kph), and he had an immediate impact, causing West Indies all sorts of problems from his very first ball.

"Sometimes things are said on the field but they should stay on the field", Root subsequently told BBC.

Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes had both made half-centuries on Saturday but the former failed to add to his overnight 67 when bowled by Shannon Gabriel.

Shannon Gabriel exchanges words with Joe Root and Joe Denly.

"I think it should stay on the field". "It's Test cricket and [Shannon] is an emotional guy trying to do everything he can to win a Test match", he said.

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While Gabriel's comments were not picked up by television stump microphones, Root appeared to respond: "Don't use that as an insult".

"He's a good guy who plays hard cricket and is proud to be in the position he is".

West Indies' interim coach, Richard Pybus, claimed he was unaware of the incident.

"The battle was a good contest".

Wood wasn't done there though, as he returned to close the home team's innings on 154 runs from just 47.2 overs as the West Indies suffered a cataclysmic collapse to see them trail by a mammoth 123 runs going into the second innings. "I think they can sometimes be caught in the moment and not always say what you want to say or think you're saying".

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Former England captain Nasser Hussain, in St Lucia in his role as a television commentator, tweeted his admiration for Root's stance.

Meanwhile, Kirsty Clarke, the director of sport for the LGBT charity Stonewall, said Root's behaviour would help kick discrimination out of sport.

England stretched their lead to 231 on day three of the third Test against the West Indies, but not before further failures for openers Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings.

"Root, as England captain, stood up in the middle of a Test match to what he thought was homophobic abuse and said "I'm not having that".

Worse was the follow for the West Indies when Darren Bravo, troubled by a finger injury which kept him off the field for the entire England second innings, followed a delivery from Anderson for Root to complete a comfortable catch at first slip.

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