Shannon Gabriel charged by the International Cricket Council for alleged homophobic insult

England's captain Joe Root raises his bat after leaving the field on 111 not out in the third West Indies test

Root was overheard saying "there's nothing wrong with being gay" as he reacted to something that Gabriel said which was not picked up by microphones in the on-field incident on day three of the third Test in Saint Lucia yesterday. "There's nothing wrong with being gay", Root appeared to say, before turning his back on the fiery quick.

"Don't use that as an insult".

He is likely to return in time for the final match of the series.

Gabriel was swiftly spoken to over the alleged sledging incident by at least one of the on-field umpires about his language.

Until the proceedings have concluded, the ICC say they will not comment further.

Root ended day three in St Lucia with 111 not out, with England on 325-4, taking their lead to 448 and are expected to declare on day four.

Last month, Pakistan's captain Sarfraz Ahmed landed in trouble after a seemingly racist comment he made to South Africa's Andile Phehlukwayo was caught on the broadcast stump mics and discussed by the commentators.

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Tuesday night that it was charging Gabriel with breaching Article 2.13 of its code of conduct.

Root was commended for his on-field remarks 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".

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

"It's Test cricket and he's an emotional guy trying to do everything he can to win a Test match".

"West Indies have played some fantastic cricket, they are a good bunch of guys and it would be a shame if it tarnishes it". "I don't want anything said in the middle to ruin what's been a good Test series for him and his team", Root added. The battle was a good contest, he's had a wonderful series and he should be proud.

"For me his 12 words as a role model will be in the end more important than a Test hundred or possible victory".

West Indies head coach Richard Pybus, speaking on Monday, told BBC Radio's Test Match Special: "If a comment was made we'll review it and if it was untoward we'll be addressing it".

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