Joe Root praised for answering Gabriel's on-field taunt

The incident took place in the afternoon session on Day 3 of the third and final Test at the Darren Sammy Stadium in St Lucia.

 Joe Root, England captain, has become an instant hero on social media after his response to an alleged ‘homophobic’ taunt from Windies pacer Shannon Gabriel went viral. 

According to reports in the British media, Root called out the right-arm fast bowler after alleged a ‘homophobic’ taunt on the pitch. The Englishman was picked up by the stump mic appearing to say: "Don’t use that as an insult. There’s nothing wrong with being gay." Although Gabriel’s earlier comments were not picked up by the mic and Root refused to explain after the day’s play exactly what was said, only saying the West Indian "might regret" the exchange.

The incident took place in the afternoon session on Day 3 of the third and final Test at the Darren Sammy Stadium in St Lucia.

According to reports, Gabriel was spoken to by the on-field umpires, Rod Tucker and Kumar Dharmasena, and warned about his conduct.

The verbal battle seemed to have no effect on the England skipper, scoring an unbeaten 111 off 209 deliveries to give the visitors an overall lead of 448 runs with two days still to go. Agencies