'Nothing wrong with being gay' - Joe Root

'Nothing wrong with being gay' - Joe Root

Root was overheard saying "there's nothing wrong with being gay" as he reacted to something that Gabriel said which was not picked up by microphones in the on-field incident on day three of the third Test in Saint Lucia yesterday. "There's nothing wrong with being gay".

England's travelling supporters in the Caribbean had the ideal riposte for West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel after he allegedly aimed a homophobic slur at Joe Root during the third Test.

England captain Joe Root has been praised for his response to sledging during an worldwide test match.

"The ICC have got to handle things and I am not in a position to comment but throughout the series it has been played in the right manner between the two sides".

Stonewall, a leading UK LGBT equality charity, had earlier led the plaudits for Root's calm response to Gabriel in the heat of battle. Root said at the close that things said on the field "should stay on the field", but nevertheless received praise for his stance, including from United Kingdom equality charity Stonewall.

Umpires Rod Tucker and Kumar Dharmasena spoke to Gabriel after the finish of the Test and he was charged with breaching Article 2.13 of the ICC's code of conduct.

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'West Indies have played some fantastic cricket, they are a good bunch of guys and it would be a shame if it tarnishes what has been a good, hard-fought series.

Article 2.13 of the ICC Code of Conduct prohibits the use of language that is "insulting, obscene and/or offensive nature at any player, player support personnel, umpire or match referee during an worldwide match".

When asked if Gabriel's comment had crossed a line, Root added: "I think it should stay on the field".

Former England cricket captain Nasser Hussain also praised Root, who was eventually bowled out by Gabriel after scoring 122 runs-more than any of his teammates.

Article 2.13 addresses personal, insulting, obscene or offensive language directed at other players or match officials.

West Indies head coach Richard Pybus, speaking on Monday, told BBC Radio's Test Match Special: "If a comment was made we'll review it and if it was untoward we'll be addressing it". Ms Davies said on her Twitter account.

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