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England Captain Joe Root Tells Opponent ‘There’s Nothing Wrong With Being Gay’

England Captain Joe Root Tells Opponent ‘There’s Nothing Wrong With Being Gay’

1 hour ago 0  Shares England Captain Joe Root Tells Opponent ‘There’s Nothing Wrong With Being Gay’ Tue Feb 12 2019 12:13:32 GMT+0000 (GMT) Tue Feb 12 2019 12:35:47 GMT+0000 (GMT) Dominic Smithers Dominic Smithers in  News Powered by England captain Joe Root has been praised for his response to sledging during an international test…


England captain Joe Roothas been praised for his response to sledging during an international test match.

The batsman was at the crease during his side’s third test against theWest Indieswhen fast bowler, Shannon Gabriel, is understood to have said something offensive to Root.

Footage fromthe matchcaught the Englishman telling Gabriel: “Don’t use it as an insult. There is nothing wrong with being gay.”

The microphone didn’t mange to pick up what Gabriel had said but he was then warned by the umpire for his language following the clash.

Root refused to tell the press what Gabriel had said to him during the match and it’s understood no actions will be taken against the bowler.

Root said: “You’re playing Test cricket, people will look at this game as a dead rubber but it certainly doesn’t feel like that when you’re playing for your country – everything counts, every opportunity counts.

Root told the West Indies bowler that being gay wasn't an insult. Credit: PA
Root told the West Indies bowler that being gay wasn’t an insult. Credit: PA

“You can see that in the way he approaches the game and that’s how I feel about it as well.

“Sometimes things are said on the field but they should stay on the field. I think they can sometimes be caught in the moment and not always say what you want to say or think you’re saying. I think you should leave it there.”

Since the footage was released bySky Sports News, the 28-year-old has received a huge amount of support with fans praising his stance.

One person wrote: “What a legend. Even in the fight of test cricket@root66shows his class and morals and just what a sound bloke he is!”

A second user said: “I know he’s from the wrong side of the Pennines but this is wonderful of Joe Root. Well done lad.”

While another added: “Well said Joe Root, no room for that attitude in sport. Good captaincy.”

West Indies coach Richard Pybus said there have been no reports of abusive language but will investigate if any are made.

Bowler Gabriel was confronted by the England captain but no formal complaint was made about his language. Credit: PA
Bowler Gabriel was confronted by the England captain but no formal complaint was made about his language. Credit: PA

He said: “I think the fast bowlers are always going to try and impose themselves on the game,” he added.

“It’s always a proper tussle out there. I think it is pretty standard.

“The series has been played in exceptional spirit, I wouldn’t want to pre-empt anything.

“Shannon is a proper old-school fast bowler, I think we need to find out if there is anything behind the rumours and then we’ll address it.”

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.

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Dominic Smithers

After graduating from Leeds University with a degree in French and History, Dom went onto gain an NCTJ journalism qualification. Since then he has worked as a reporter at the Manchester Evening News and the Macclesfield Express, covering breaking news, court, sports, and politics.

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