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Shannon Gabriel faces two-Test ban after alleged homophobic slur aimed at Joe Root

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West Indies fast-bowler Shannon Gabriel faces a two-match ban from the ICC after his alleged homophobic slur aimed at England captain Joe Root as the pair were embroiled in a verbal spat during the third Test in St Lucia.

According to the Daily Mail, Gabriel referred to Root as a 'b**** boy' in Monday's afternoon session of the final Test on England's tour of West Indies which the tourists won by 232 runs to end a series on a high despite the 2-1 defeat overall.

Gabriel, 30, became involved in a spat with the batsman in an exchange which left Root telling the bowler: “Don’t use it as an insult. There’s nothing wrong with being gay.”

While he is due to find out his fate on Wednesday, Gabriel has already been charged by on-field umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Rod Tucker under article 2.13 of the game's code of conduct which covers “language of a personal, insulting, obscene and/or offensive nature.”

But Root, 28, has been commanded following his response to Gabriel's comments.

And he hopes that the verbal spat he had does not overshadow the series played between the two sides as a whole.

Root said: “The ICC have got to handle things and I am not in a position to comment but throughout the series it has been played in the right manner by the two sides. West Indies have played some fantastic cricket.

"As a player you feel you have responsibilities to uphold on the field and I stand by what I did. I just did what I thought was right."

If you somehow haven't seen the incident yet, watch the video above.

Root continued: "They're a good bunch of guys and it would be a shame if it tarnishes what has been a good, hard-fought series.

"As a player you feel you have responsibilities to uphold on the field and I stand by what I did. I just did what I thought was right."

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