Stokes, Buttler Half-Centuries Establish England's Dominance on Day 1

Ben Foakes

Ben Foakes

Mark Wood shone on his worldwide return with a first five-wicket Test haul as England removed West Indies for 154 before building up a 142-run lead at stumps.

Ryan Shahin, a professional sports agent who represents Root, tweeted with his own video saying with, "Great work from Joe Root here.hard in the middle of a test match to stand up for what's right, but did it anyway".

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".

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

Asked about the incident after the end of the third day's play, Root said what was said on the pitch should stay on it.

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

But Stokes and Buttler came together for an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 124 as two of England's traditionally aggressive batsmen, perhaps in light of recent criticism of the side's approach, reined in their natural game to guide their team to a strong position.

After play, Root refused to divulge what was said, but stump microphones overheard him telling Gabriel "there's nothing wrong with being gay".

Meanwhile, Kirsty Clarke, the director of sport for the LGBT charity Stonewall, said Root's behaviour would help kick discrimination out of sport.

At the end of day three, England were 325-4 in the second innings, with a commanding lead of 448 runs with Root and Ben Stokes at the crease. The charge, which was laid by match umpires, will now be dealt with by Match Referee Jeff Crowe.

With a 123-run lead in hand, England openers Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings forged an unbeaten 19-run partnership in the 10 overs they faced before stumps was called.

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 on Monday.

West Indies coach Richard Pybus played down the alleged abuse after the close of play, saying that it is commonplace in cricket for fast bowlers to attempt to rattle their opposition.

He said: "Nothing has been reported to me but if a comment was made we'll review it & if it was untoward we'll be addressing it".

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