West Indies Shannon Gabriel charged by ICC for 'homophobic' comments

Keaton Jennings has been recalled for the third Test

Keaton Jennings has been recalled for the third Test

His rediscovered self-belief came to fruition on the second day in St Lucia, but he had had to wait for the opportunity after being a late call-up to the England squad in the Caribbean when Olly Stone returned home with a back injury before the first Test.

Joe Root responds to sledging from Windies bowler Shannon Gabriel.

After he left the field he was asked to explain the incident with Gabriel.

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

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

He 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".

He added after the close of day three: "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". "In the other two they took everyone by surprise and, if you're a neutral fan of Test cricket, you hope you see more of that in the future".

He said: "I think the fast bowlers are always going to try and impose themselves on the game".

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"I think you should leave it there".

Root surprised when he made a decision 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.

While Gabriel's comments weren't picked up by microphones, Root's response was.

Root, 28, revealed that West Indies bowler Shannon Gabriel said something he "might regret" on the field on Monday.

England clearly had a swift declaration on their minds at the start of the day's play with Root and Stokes resuming at 325 for four.

With a 123-run lead in hand, England openers Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings forged an unbeaten 19-run partnership in the 10 overs they faced before stumps was called.

Root has been praised by Stonewall, a leading United Kingdom equality charity, for challenging West Indies bowler Shannon Gabriel during the third Test in St Lucia.

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