England captain Joe Root was heard responding to an alleged 'homophobic' taunt made by West Indies pacer Shannon Gabriel during the third Test between the two sides at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in St Lucia. Root was heard telling the Windies fast bowler "don't use it as an insult. There's nothing wrong with being gay,” after Gabriel tried to sledge the English batsman. WI vs ENG 3rd Test Live Score Updates.
It is not known what comment Gabriel exactly made as it was not picked up by the stump mic. Meanwhile, umpires have reportedly warned the Windies pacer about his language. England skipper after the end of third day’s play did not reveal what comment Gabriel made but said that the fast bowler "might regret" what he said.
Root was also happy to leave the episode behind. "Sometimes things are said on the field but they should stay on the field. I think they can sometimes be caught in the moment and not always say what you want to say or think you're saying. I think you should leave it there,” the 28-year-old said after the close of play. England tour of West Indies 2019 Schedule.
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While the matter has been closed as of now, Windies coach Richard Pybus promised to review the situation if anything is reported. "Shannon is a proper old-school fast bowler, I think we need to find out if there is anything behind the rumours and then we'll address it,” he said.
Meanwhile, England set Windies a daunting target of 481 runs to win the third and last Test. And at the time of filing this story, Windies were in trouble having lost three wickets for just 14 runs. The hosts, however, have already clinched the three-match series by winning the first two Tests.