Joe Root's brilliant response to gay insult

Lynette Rowe
February 14, 2019

"The pressure was on and England's captain Joe Root was looking at me intensely as I prepared to bowl, which may have been the usual psychological strategy with which all Test cricketers are familiar", he said.

Article 2.13 of the ICC's code of conduct applies to use of "language of a personal, insulting, obscene and/or offensive nature".

Following captain Jason Holder's one-match Test ban for his team's second Test slow over rate, fiery fast bowler Shannon Gabriel has been controversially slapped with a four-match one-day worldwide suspension by cricket's world governing body, the ICC, after being found guilty of player abuse.

Root was batting with Joe Denly on day three of the third Test in St Lucia when stump microphones picked up the back-end of his exchange with Gabriel. Do you like boys?'

TV footage from a recent test match between England and the West Indes has been shared over social media after England player Joe Root was heard scolding a player from the opposing team for the language he used.

Gabriel has extended an "unreserved apology" for his comments.

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Stonewall, a leading UK LGBT equality charity, had earlier led the plaudits for Root's calm response to Gabriel in the heat of battle.

Hussain tweeted: "I don't know who said what to whom... but boy do I applaud Joe Root's reaction here".

Speaking about the incident during the Test, Root said: Root said: 'As a player you feel you have responsibilities to uphold on the field and I stand by what I did. "I think you should leave it there". He's a good guy who plays hard cricket and is proud to be in the position he is.

He has now reached eight demerit points within the same two-year period, which converts to four suspension points - equivalent to a ban from two Tests or four limited-overs internationals.

At the end of day three, England were 325-4 in the second innings, with a commanding lead of 448 runs with Root and Ben Stokes at the crease.

The quick bowler, who was expected to earn a recall for the later part of the five-match ODI series against England, will resultingly miss the first four matches of the forthcoming rubber, scheduled to commence next week in Barbados.

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