Joe Root insisted he stood by what he said to Shannon Gabriel and felt obliged to uphold his responsibilities after the West Indies fast bowler was charged for using abusive language under the International Cricket Council’s code of conduct.
Gabriel will discover on Wednesday whether he faces a sanction for his part in an on-field exchange with Root on day three of the third Test in St Lucia, one which ended with the England captain telling the 30-year-old: “Don’t use it as an insult. There’s nothing wrong with being gay.”
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