West Indies' Shannon Gabriel banned for four ODIs over 'personal abuse'

Lynette Rowe
February 13, 2019

Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes are unbeaten on half-centuries with England wearing down the West Indies to be a healthy 4-231 at stumps on the first day of their third cricket Test.

Gabriel already had five demerit points against his name for two previous incidents involving physical contact with opposing players. However, he did state that West Indies Cricket will investigate the matter if further allegations are reported.

When captain Joe Root nicked one behind on 15 from 54 balls, he was out to Alzarri Joseph for a third straight time.

Veteran seamer Jimmy Anderson ripped through the West Indies top order to leave the hosts staring at defeat, after England set them a mammoth target on the penultimate day of the third and final Test here Tuesday.

They belted 36 runs at a run-a-minute until the skipper miscued a low full-toss from Gabriel and Hetmyer held the catch diving forward at midwicket to prompt the declaration.

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. Of Chase, he added, "I'm really happy he could get his hundred".

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

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Stokes finished on 48 not out, extending the fifth wicket stand with Root to 107.

Paul struck again soon after lunch, Rory Burns falling plumb lbw for 29 to a ball that was crashing into the middle of middle - the Windies needing a review to overturn umpire Kumar Dharmasena's not-out call.

In his next over, Anderson got an edge from stand-in captain Kraigg Brathwaite to Stokes at second slip.

Root and Buttler took tea at 207-3.

Wood soon pocketed the wickets of Shai Hope and Roston Chase with consecutive balls during the 22nd over to mark his return to the global stage with a double-wicket maiden in his first over.

Campbell's wicket was particularly important because he had taken the long handle to the England attack and was threatening to compile a big score quickly.

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