West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel caught up in homophobia storm as he is warned for foul language in fiery third Test in St Lucia
- Tensions boiled over in the final Test between England and the West Indies
- Shannon Gabriel and Joe Root involved in verbal exchange after lunch
- Footage appeared to show Root saying ‘there’s nothing wrong with being gay’
- He later refused to confirm what had provoked his comments
- Referee Jeff Crowe satisfied no homphobic language had been detected
Shannon Gabriel was caught up in a homophobia storm after he was warned by the umpires for using foul and abusive language towards Joe Root.
Tensions boiled over in the final Test of the Wisden Trophy but umpires Rod Tucker and Kumar Dharmasena did not lay a charge against West Indies fast bowler Gabriel, believing their on-field intervention was sufficient.
Footage from Sky Sports emerged on social media that appeared to suggest England captain Root said ‘there’s nothing wrong with being gay’ in reply to Gabriel in the 44th over of the second innings.
Shannon Gabriel (left) was warned by the umpires for using foul and abusive language
West Indies fast bowler was involved in a verbal exchange with Joe Root after lunch
The England captain refused to confirm what had provoked his comments while match referee Jeff Crowe was satisfied no homophobic language had been detected.
The heated confrontation was not picked up by the stump microphones and West Indies interim coach Richard Pybus responded: ‘Nothing has been reported to me but if a comment was made we’ll review it and if it was untoward then we will be addressing it.’
Root said: ‘It’s Test cricket, he’s an emotional guy trying to do everything he can to win a Test match.
‘Sometimes people say things on the field they might regret, but they should stay on the field.
The heated confrontation on the third day was not picked up by the stump microphones
‘He’s a good guy who plays hard cricket and is proud to be in the position he is.
‘The battle was a good contest, he’s had a wonderful series and he should be proud.’
Root, who hit an unbeaten 111, added: ‘When you play Test cricket there is no such thing as a dead rubber. You have the opportunity to play for your country and it means the world.’
England enjoyed their best batting day of the tour as Root compiled his 16th Test century