Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

England-West Indies Test rocked by star's unsavoury slur

England-West Indies Test rocked by star's unsavoury slur

The on-field umpire adjudged Burns not out, but a West Indies review showed the ball would have hit the middle stump and the decision was overturned.

Darren Bravo perished shortly after the resumption to another Root slip catch and the delighted fast bowler returned after some resistance from Shane Dowrich (38) to polish off the innings and complete the five-wicket haul when he yorked last man Shannon Gabriel.

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

"Sometimes people say things on the field that they might regret", the report quoted Root as telling reporters. I think it is pretty standard.

"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.

"The sky is the limit for this side as they continue to grow", said Drakes. "I think they can sometimes be caught in the moment and not always say what you want to say or think you're saying", the 28-year-old said.

"You can look at it like that but you can look at some of the dismissals I've had in there too", he told a BBC podcast.

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It had initially appeared that the umpires had dealt with the issue at the time - West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite swiftly moved Gabriel away from Root after the exchange - and match referee Jeff Crowe was thought to be satisfied that it had been dealt with.

While Gabriel's comments weren't picked up by microphones, Root's response was. "There's nothing wrong with being gay".

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

Root ended day three in St Lucia with 111 not out, with England on 325-4, taking their lead to 448 and are expected to declare on day four.

England stretched their lead to 231 on day three of the third Test against the West Indies, but not before further failures for openers Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings.

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.

West Indies interim coach Richard Pybus said he was unaware of the comment but it will be addressed if deemed unfit.

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