'Nothing wrong with being gay' - Joe Root

'Nothing wrong with being gay' - Joe Root

England's captain Joe Root leaves the field after day three of the third cricket Test match against West Indies at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in Gros Islet, St. Lucia, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019.

Stump mics caught an interaction on the third afternoon of the Test between Gabriel and two England batsmen, Root and Joe Denly, which ended with Root saying: "Don't use it as an insult. There's nothing wrong with being gay".

An ICC statement read: "Shannon Gabriel has been charged with a breach Article 2.13 of the ICC Code of Conduct".

The umpires had spoken to Gabriel at the time of the incident and as things stand, there is no plan to take any further action on the matter. "Until the proceedings have concluded, the ICC will not comment further".

"He played beautifully I thought", said Root.

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Root was commended by Stonewall's director of sport Kirsty Clarke, who told PinkNews: "Tackling offensive language is a crucial part of helping LGBT people feel welcome in sport". "Sometimes people say things on the field that they might regret". 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".

Roston Chase's second half-century of the series and eighth of his career did nothing to hamper England's dominant march towards a comprehensive win on penultimate day of the third and final Test here Tuesday. No action was taken at the time, but the incident attracted widespread media action, with Stonewall, the United Kingdom equality charity, praising Root's stance on the issue.

The former cricketer Nasser Hussain, who captained England from 1999 to 2003, said Root's response was more important than his team winning the match. He was reprimanded and handed a warning by on-field umpires over the use of abusive language. "I don't want anything said in the middle to ruin what's been a good test series for him and his team".

West Indies' coach Richard Pybus said he was not aware of what transpired but promised to address the issue if anything "untoward" was said. "If it was untoward we will be addressing it".

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