West Indies' bowler Shannon Gabriel warned for abusive language

England batsman Joe Root plays a shot during his patient innings against the West Indies in St Lucia

England batsman Joe Root plays a shot during his patient innings against the West Indies in St Lucia

According to The Guardian newspaper, Gabriel's comments were not picked up by stump microphones but Root was heard telling the bowler: "There's nothing wrong with being gay".

Chase reached his fifty in the penultimate over before tea when he edged a drive at seamer Jimmy Anderson (3-37) and found the third man boundary.

Root enjoyed a fine day at the crease, scoring a 16th Test century and finishing 111 not out as England built a lead of 448 runs - but after leaving the field was asked to explain the tussle with Gabriel.

Joe Root did not want to speak about the issue post the day's play but admitted the fast bowler may have said something inappropriate.

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

Until the proceedings have concluded, the ICC say they will not comment further.

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The charge, which was laid by match umpires, will now be dealt with by the match referee, New Zealander Jeff Crowe.

Gabriel's part of the conversation did not seem to be audible but Press Association Sport understands the Trinidadian paceman was spoken to by at least one of the on-field umpires, Kumar Dharmasena and Rod Tucker, about his language.

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

Former England cricket captain Nasser Hussain also praised Root, who was eventually bowled out by Gabriel after scoring 122 runs-more than any of his teammates. He's a good guy who plays hard cricket and is proud to be in the position he is. "This calm and firm response will make a difference in ways we may never see and never know", she tweeted.

Article 2.13 of the ICC Code of Conduct prohibits the use of language that is "insulting, obscene and/or offensive nature at any player, player support personnel, umpire or match referee during an global match".

"Root, as England captain, stood up in the middle of a Test match to what he thought was homophobic abuse and said "I'm not having that". The battle was a good contest". "If it was untoward we will be addressing it".

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