Joe Root praised after apparently saying 'there's nothing wrong with being gay'

Silvia Morton
February 13, 2019

Kirsty Clarke, director of sport at Stonewall - which campaigns for lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality - told Press Association Sport: 'Language is really influential and it's great if Joe Root was willing to challenge potentially abusive comments.

That represented an impressive recovery from England, who, at 2-0 down in the series and having been put into bat, were toiling badly once again at 107-4 when captain Joe Root was dismissed in soft fashion for 15 shortly before tea.

Asked about the incident after the end of the third day's play, Root said what was said on the pitch should stay on it.

The England star said: "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 explained. "I could have seen the amusing side of it but I also said to myself not to look at it as a big opportunity, just try to let it go and make sure I was not out at the end of the day".

"The sky is the limit for this side as they continue to grow", said Drakes. "I think they can sometimes be caught in the moment and not always say what you want to say or think you're saying".

Joe Root's reaction during a heated incident with Shannon Gabriel has been lauded as "more important than a victory".

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

Former footballer and current BBC pundit Ian Wright said simply: 'Joe Root.

It remains to be seen whether there will any further consequences for Gabriel.

Root managed just 55 in his five previous innings on tour but will end the series on a high, closing day three unbeaten on 111.

James Anderson rattled off a three-wicket burst before lunch as England began their push for victory against the Windies on day four of the third Test in St Lucia.

FULL SCORECARD Wood scooped 5-41 as the visitors bowled out West Indies for 154 for a 123-run first innings lead at Darren Sammy Stadium in Gros Islet, St Lucia. The charge, which was laid by match umpires, will now be dealt with by Match Referee Jeff Crowe.

Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings then saw England to the close with their 10 wickets intact as the tourists enjoyed a rare position of dominance on the second day.

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