England captain Joe Root has hit back at the West Indies' Shannon Gabriel claiming the quick bowler 'might regret' something that he said during a clash between the pair in England's second innings in St Lucia.
Root was seen mouthing the words "there's nothing wrong with being gay" as he batted on day three of the third Test.
The response was picked up on the stump microphone, however, Gabriel's initial possible slur was not audible and this has led to speculation about what might have been said.
The West Indies fast bowler was spoken to by on-field umpires, Kumar Dharmasena and Rod Tucker, about his language and conduct but no official complaint was made.
Root batted brilliantly, finishing the day on 111 not out and completing his 16th Test century. After the close of play, Root was questioned about the exchange with Gabriel.
"It's Test cricket, he's an emotional guy trying to do everything he can to win a Test match. Sometimes people say things on the field that they might regret, but they should stay on the field."
However, the England skipper refused to aim too much of a dig at Gabriel, suggesting he is a 'good guy'.
"He's a good guy who plays hard cricket and is proud to be in the position he is. The battle was a good contest, he's had a wonderful series and he should be proud."
West Indies coach Richard Pybus did not know of anything unpleasant but told the BBC: "nothing has been reported to me but if a comment was made we'll review it and if it was untoward we'll be addressing it."
England will resume play tomorrow 448 runs ahead putting them in a commanding position to win the third Test match.
Having already lost the first two Tests, any chance of winning the series is gone but England will be confident they can restore some pride and avoid a whitewash when they resume play tomorrow in St Lucia.News Now - Sport News