England Captain Tells West Indies Bowler: 'There's Nothing Wrong With Being Gay'

Ross Houston
February 13, 2019

Wood's inclusion in England's starting XI proved an inspired move after he picked up a sensational career-best figures of 5-41 in West Indies' first innings of the third Test to put his team in command of the dead-rubber at the Daren Sammy National Stadium in St Lucia.

Root was repeatedly asked to reveal what Gabriel said on the field but declined each time.

Footage from the match caught the Englishman telling Gabriel: "Don't use it as an insult".

"Afraid "what is said on the field stays there" is not good enough any more", added journalist Paul Newman.


Press Association reports Gabriel was spoken to by one of the on-field umpires about his language.

West Indies assistant coach Vasbert Drakes said Friday that "the sky's the limit" for his young team as they look to complete a 3-0 sweep of the Test series against England.

"You can see that in the way he approaches the game and that's how I feel about it as well".

"Just did what I thought was right", Root said after his side wrapped up a consolation victory by 232 runs on Tuesday.


England, 123 runs up on the first innings, cruised from 19 without loss at the start of the day to 325-4 at stumps.

Meanwhile, England on Friday named a 12-man squad for the final Test.

"Gabriel already had five demerit points against his name for two earlier incidents - three demerit points during the Jamaica test against Pakistan in April 2017 and two demerit points in the Chittagong test against Bangladesh last November", the ICC said in a statement.

"The charge, which was laid by match umpires, will now be dealt with by Match Referee Jeff Crowe". They belted 36 runs at a run-a-minute until the skipper miscued a low full-toss from Shannon Gabriel and Hetmyer held the catch diving forward at midwicket to prompt the declaration.


Pybus was unaware of any potential controversy at the close of play but told BBC's Test Match Special: "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".

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