Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

England cricket: Joe Root brilliantly responds to 'homophobic slur'

England cricket: Joe Root brilliantly responds to 'homophobic slur'

Exactly what Gabriel had said to receive this advice from Root is unknown but the fast bowler was warned by umpires Rod Tucker and Kumar Dharmasena.

Microphones caught the end of one particular exchange between the pair which implied Gabriel had used homophobic language 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. "If Shannon Gabriel has made the remarks he appears to have done to illicit that response from Joe Root then it has to be made public and dealt with transparently by the match referee". "I don't want anything said in the middle to ruin what's been a good Test series for him and his team".

"I just don't feel like I have to force it as much", he said of his extended run-up, which has dispensed with his sprinter-like initial burst of speed.

"The sky is the limit for this side as they continue to grow", said Drakes.

"It was a good hard scrap for most of it which was really enjoyable because sometimes when things aren't quite happening for you you think you're battling a little bit". I think it is pretty standard.

Root surprised when he chose to keep batting in the morning, moving from 111 to 122 in six overs when he hit a full toss from Shannon Gabriel to midwicket.

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That left both Moeen and Wood on four wickets each, and it was the latter who would finish with five as he rattled Gabriel's stumps.

Root shook his head at Gabriel before moving on to get on with the game.

Hussain believes keeping their battery of fast bowlers fit will be critical to England's chances when they play their next major Test series in the summer - a home Ashes clash against Australia.

Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes are unbeaten on half-centuries with England wearing down the West Indies to be a healthy 4-231 at stumps on the first day of their third cricket Test.

West Indies openers Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell had made 50 partnerships in three of their previous four innings in the series - with the other alliance unbroken at 17 in reaching a victory target - and once again they made a solid start.

Though reports claim the matter is now closed and no further action will be taken, West Indies coach Richard Pybus promised to review the situation if anything is reported.

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