Gabriel suspended after Root exchange

Nothing wrong with being gay Joe Root to Shannon Gabriel during on-field spat

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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.

Gabriel was not included in the initial squad for the five ODIs against England but the Windies had made it clear he would be added after a brief rest period and meant to call up the 30-year-old as injury cover for Keemo Paul and Rovman Powell.

"There is nothing wrong with being gay", Root can be heard telling Gabriel.

Gabriel was swiftly spoken to over the alleged sledging incident by at least one of the on-field umpires about his language.

Root's comments were picked up via the television stump mics, while Gabriel's part was not audible.

The article states: "Public criticism of, or inappropriate comment in relation to any incident occurring in an global match or any player...or a team participating in an worldwide match, whether or not the match official is involved...or which may be considered detrimental to the game of cricket in general".

"You can see that in the way he approaches the game and that's how I feel about it as well".

'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, ' the England captain said. I think it is pretty standard.

One person wrote: "What a legend".

He said: "It's Test cricket".

While another added: "Well said Joe Root, no room for that attitude in sport".

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'.

Bowler Gabriel was confronted by the England captain but no formal complaint was made about his language.

"The series has been played in exceptional spirit, I wouldn't want to pre-empt anything".

At the end of day three, England were 325-4 in the second innings, with a commanding lead of 448 runs with Root and Ben Stokes at the crease.

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