West Indies vs England: Shannon Gabriel warned over clash with Joe Root

West Indies vs England: Shannon Gabriel warned over clash with Joe Root

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

Gabriel's part of the conversation was not picked up by the stump microphone but the Trinidadian was spoken to by at least one of the on-field umpires, Kumar Dharmasena and Rod Tucker, about his language.

Joe Denly (20) fell in the next over, pinned by Shannon Gabriel, and England were in strife when Root wafted at a wide ball from Joseph and nicked behind.

It had initially appeared that the umpires had dealt with the issue at the time - West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite swiftly moved Gabriel away from Root after the exchange - and match referee Jeff Crowe was thought to be satisfied that it had been dealt with.

The incident took place in the afternoon session on Day 3 of the third and final Test at the Darren Sammy Stadium in St Lucia on Monday.

'The battle was a good contest, he's had a wonderful series and he should be proud'. "There's nothing wrong with being gay!"

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It was a tame end to a competitive series from West Indies, but their performances in the first two Tests were enough to ensure the series win. "The more players, fans, clubs and organisations that stand up for equality in sport, the sooner we kick discrimination out and make sport everyone's game", she added. "I think they can sometimes be caught in the moment and not always say what you want to say or think you're saying".

Asked if Gabriel had crossed the line of acceptability, Root said: "I think it should stay on the field".

Joe Root's team had earlier slumped to 277 all out - having started the day 231-4 - but Wood and Moeen Ali (4-36) tore through the Windies and earned England a 123-run first-innings lead.

Root's words were praised online by a number of sports stars, including Gary Lineker and former England captain Nasser Hussein. "I could have seen the amusing side of it but I also said to myself not to look at it as a big opportunity, just try to let it go and make sure I was not out at the end of the day".

"It's been a tough series for me personally and for the guys so to respond as we have today and be in this position of strength with two days left is really pleasing", he said.

Foakes did not keep wicket in the second innings of the second Test in Antigua after he was hit on the hand by a Shannon Gabriel ball while batting but he was considered fit enough to play. I think it is pretty standard.

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