England cricket: Joe Root brilliantly responds to 'homophobic slur'

Carrie Guzman
February 13, 2019

No action was taken at the time, but the incident attracted widespread media action, with Stonewall, the United Kingdom equality charity, praising Root's stance on the issue. Campbell's opening partner, Kraigg Brathwaite, seems doomed to suffer yet another defeat as stand-in captain and offered little resistance himself to Anderson when he prodded indecisively at a full-length delivery and Ben Stokes held the catch at second slip.

The ICC's code of conduct prohibits the use of "language of a personal, insulting, obscene and/or offensive nature". The video clip has been doing the rounds on social media since although what had drawn that response from Root was not picked up by the stump microphone.

Gabriel already has three demerit points on his disciplinary record and if found guilty this will take him to six or seven (depending on the finding of the match referee) which would equate to a two-Test ban or four one-day internationals.

"Sometimes things are said on the field but they should stay on the field", Root subsequently told BBC.

"The guys understand the legacy of West Indies cricket and they want to continue to inspire the next generation of cricketers to play the game".

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

West Indies' interim coach, Richard Pybus, claimed he was unaware of the incident.

Windies team manager Rawl Lewis was in discussion with chief executive Johnny Grave this morning.

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Asked to elaborate, Root added: "I think it should stay on the field".

That represented an impressive recovery from England, who, at 2-0 down in the series and having been put into bat, were toiling badly once again at 107-4 when captain Joe Root was dismissed in soft fashion for 15 shortly before tea.

Joe Denly, playing his second Test, made 20 off 50 balls before he was lbw to Shannon Gabriel.

'For me his twelve words as a role model will be in the end more important than a test hundred or possible victory'.

What was said between the players? "Language is really influential and it's great Joe Root stepped up to challenge abusive comments".

Last month, Pakistan's captain Sarfraz Ahmed landed in trouble after a seemingly racist comment he made to South Africa's Andile Phehlukwayo was caught on the broadcast stump mics and discussed by the commentators.

Clarke said Stonewall research showed 58% of British people believe it is important for anti-LGBT language to be challenged at live sporting events.

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