Root falls as England stumble to tea

Tanya Simon
February 12, 2019

Root was unbeaten on a compact 111 - his first significant score of an otherwise wretched tour - while Joe Denly carved out his maiden Test half-century with 69.

The difficulty for the ICC will be in proving what Gabriel, a man who mumbles at the best of times, said given that it has not proved audible to either on-field technology or the match officials.

"It's Test cricket. He's an emotional guy trying to do everything he can to win a Test match".

Gabriel was given an on-field warning by the umpires about using abusive language.

Joe Root's team had earlier slumped to 277 all out - having started the day 231-4 - but Wood and Moeen Ali (4-36) tore through the Windies and earned England a 123-run first-innings lead. "There's nothing wrong with being gay".

"That battle was a good contest, he's had a wonderful series and he should be proud".

"I just don't feel like I have to force it as much", he said of his extended run-up, which has dispensed with his sprinter-like initial burst of speed.

HEATED: Joe Root (left) issued a brilliant on-field response to Shannon Gabriel (right) (Pic: GETTY) Related Articles "I think it should stay on the field".

He said: "I think the fast bowlers are always going to try and impose themselves on the game".

Spectators watch the last overs of day two of the third cricket Test match between England and West Indies at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in Gros I
Spectators watch the last overs of day two of the third cricket Test match between England and West Indies at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in Gros I

"It's nice to show some people who've probably doubted me in the past, I've even doubted myself that I can do it, but I wouldn't say I'm out of the woods yet".

While Sarfraz's comments were picked up by the stump microphones, the same does not appear to be the case in this episode.

It remains to be seen whether there will any further consequences for Gabriel.

England has a dominant lead of 448 in the final test, despite losing the opening two games of the series.

Root has been praised by Stonewall, a leading United Kingdom equality charity, for challenging West Indies bowler Shannon Gabriel during the third Test in St Lucia.

Buttler was dropped before he had scored off fast bowler Shannon Gabriel in the second session while Stokes was reprieved on 52 late in the day off an Alzarri Joseph no-ball after falling to a return catch.

"I've had some terrible dark days with injuries and things like confidence and self-belief", Wood said.

West Indies coach Richard Pybus added he had not heard anything but would investigate the matter if a more formal complaint was made.

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