Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Joe Root's reaction in gay sledging row 'more important than a win'

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Kristopher Love | 13 February, 2019, 00:08

England lost Root just 5.2 overs into the morning session - with the captain flicking Gabriel to Shimron Hetmyer at short midwicket to bring a close to his 16 Test century and his team's second innings.

Pressure is growing on cricket authorities to investigate an alleged homophobic slur made by West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel to England captain Joe Root.

Gabriel was given an on-field warning by the umpires about using abusive language. "There's nothing wrong with being gay".

Homosexuality is illegal in Saint Lucia, and those convicted can face a prison sentence of between five and 10 years.

Burns (10) and Jennings (8) then negotiated the final 10 overs of the day without much drama - though the former nearly edged to first slip in the final over - to raise hopes of a consolation victory for England. "This is what being an LGTBQ ally looks like". "But if a comment was made, we'll review it".

Press Association reports Gabriel was spoken to by one of the on-field umpires about his language.

"Stonewall research shows more than half of British people [58 per cent] believe it's important anti-LGBT language is challenged at live sporting events". "If you feel form is a numbers game, then I have had a lean run but I've got a good approach to batting and it's stood me in good stead until now".

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"I've had some disgusting dark days with injuries and things like confidence and self-belief", Wood said.

"For me his twelve words as a role model will be in the end more important than a Test hundred or possible victory".

While another added: "Well said Joe Root, no room for that attitude in sport". He could have shrugged or laughed it off, but he didn't.

Darren Bravo perished shortly after the resumption to another Root slip catch and the delighted fast bowler returned after some resistance from Shane Dowrich (38) to polish off the innings and complete the five-wicket haul when he yorked last man Shannon Gabriel.

Gabriel already has three demerit points on his disciplinary record and if found guilty this will take him to six or seven (depending on the finding of the match referee) which would equate to a two-Test ban or four one-day internationals.

"It's Test cricket and (Shannon) is 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 subsequently told BBC.