England-West Indies Test rocked by star's unsavoury slur

Heather Diaz
February 12, 2019

The action from day four of the third and final Test between Windies and England in St Lucia. "There's nothing wrong with being gay", Root appeared to say, before turning his back on the fiery quick.

He was named man-of-the-match on his home ground in Barbados after making an unbeaten 202 and taking two wickets in their 381-run win in the first test.

Root's words were praised online by a number of sports stars, including Gary Lineker and former England captain Nasser Hussein.

The incident took place in the 44th over when England were sailing smoothly at 138 for 2 with Root and Joe Deny at the crease when both players ran into some kind of "interaction".

Although Gabriel's earlier comments were not picked up by the mic and Root refused to explain after the day's play exactly what was said, only saying the West Indian "might regret" the exchange.

"Afraid "what is said on the field stays there" is not good enough any more", added journalist Paul Newman. "He's had a wonderful series and he should be proud".

Opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite will skipper the side in Holder's absence, with seamer Keemo Paul called up to replace the captain in the squad.

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West Indies coach Richard Pybus said there have been no reports of abusive language but will investigate if any are made.

"It feels fantastic. All the hard times I've had with injury, and the self-doubt, today I feel like an England", said Wood.

'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. "And, if it was untoward, we'll be addressing it".

The ICC's code of conduct prohibits the use of "language of a personal, insulting, obscene and/or offensive nature".

Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings then saw England to the close with their 10 wickets intact as the tourists enjoyed a rare position of dominance on the second day.

Root strolled to 45 at tea with England on 207 for three, and reached his half-century in the third over after the break with a four off ineffective part-time off-spinner Roston Chase.

Root's ton was his 16th in Test cricket - to put him level with Michael Atherton, Graham Thorpe and Herbert Sutcliffe - and his fifth overseas, a reminder that despite his recent wobble he remains the bedrock of England's batting.

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