Windies Gabriel warned by umpires for abusive language towards Englands Root

Aubrey Yates
February 14, 2019

Root was picked up by the stump mics while batting on the third day responding to an unheard comment from Gabriel. "There's nothing wrong with being gay", Root appeared to say, before turning his back on the fiery quick.

Gabriel, 30, accepted an International Cricket Council charge over comments he made to England captain Joe Root during the third Test in St Lucia.

Gabriel was charged with a Level Two offence under article 2.13 of the ICC's Code of Conduct, covering "personal abuse".

But according to British broadcaster Sky Sports, Root was heard replying to Gabriel: "Don't use it as an insult".

Umpires Rod Tucker and Kumar Dharmasena had a word with Gabriel soon after. "I know there are people who think the opposite and think it is good for the game but sometimes in the heat of battle things are said, when guys given a bit of time to sit down and think about it would give themselves a bit of a kick up the backside".

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Gabriel reportedly called Root a "b**** boy" in a confrontation with the England captain when he was batting on Monday, although a West Indies source told Sportsmail that he said "little boy".

The charge received by the 30-year-old is under article 2.13 of the ICC's official code of conduct, relating to the personal abuse of a player, player support personnel, umpire or match referee during an global match.

Root declined to elaborate on the specifics of the verbal altercation and was asked again about the incident after England won the final Test by 232 runs, although West Indies claimed the series 2-1. He's had a wonderful series and he should be proud.

Root's actions were applauded on social media, with former England captain Nasser Hussain saying Root's reaction would help cement his legacy. "I don't want anything said in the middle to ruin what's been a good Test series for him and his team", Root added. "What [prayer] have you got her to say for you today?"

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'.

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