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Joe Root's retort was natural, organic and rather wonderful

13 February 2019

Footage from the match caught the Englishman telling Gabriel: "Don't use it as an insult".

Speaking after the day's play, Root was keen to move on from the incident but conceded Gabriel might regret his actions. The charge received by the 30-year-old is under article 2.13 of the ICC's official code of conduct, relating to the personal abuse of a player, player support personnel, umpire or match referee during an worldwide match.

West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel was warned by on-field umpires for using abusive language following an interaction with England captain Joe Root during the third day of the third Test in St Lucia on Monday, according to British media reports.

"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". Although, it is not yet clear what exactly Gabriel said, the umpires stepped in and spoke with the big fast bowler.

"It's Test cricket and he's an emotional guy trying to do everything he can to win a Test match".

Root, who suggested on the third evening that Gabriel "might regret" his choice of words, did not want to shed further light on the incident after England's 232-run victory but was more than happy with his own part, which has been widely lauded back home.

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Former England captain Nasser Hussain, who is also a Sky Sports cricket expert, told Sky News: "Joe Root as a role model, 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".

"Sometimes things are said on the field but they should stay on the field".

Root said: "You're playing Test cricket, people will look at this game as a dead rubber but it certainly doesn't feel like that when you're playing for your country - everything counts, every opportunity counts".

"I don't know who said what to whom.but boy do I applaud Joe Root's reaction here", Hussain wrote.

Despite not knowing about the potential controversy, West Indies coach Richard Pybus told the BBC: 'Nothing has been reported to me, but if a comment was made we'll review it and if it was untoward we'll be addressing it'.

"Nothing has been reported to me".

Joe Root's retort was natural, organic and rather wonderful