Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
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Root Refuses to Highlight Gabriel’s ‘Regretful’ On-field Comments

Root Refuses to Highlight Gabriel’s ‘Regretful’ On-field Comments

Paul finished the day with 2-42, while Shannon Gabriel bowled with genuine pace, clocked several times at more than 90 miles-per-hour (145 kph).

The West Indies should also have sent the third member of England's top three back cheaply but Joe Denly was badly dropped on 12, fending Shannon Gabriel to third slip off the shoulder of the bat only for Shimron Hetmyer to bungle the chance.

Gabriel's part of the conversation was not picked up by the stump microphone but the Trinidadian was spoken to by at least one of the on-field umpires, Kumar Dharmasena and Rod Tucker, about his language. "Sometimes people say things on the field that they might regret, but they should stay on the field", Root said."It's Test cricket and he's an emotional guy trying to do everything he can to win a Test match".

He collected 1-44, dismissing Joe Denly lbw for 20.

"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 captain Kraigg Brathwaite won the toss and sent England in.

"I've had some frightful dark days with injuries and things like confidence and self-belief", Wood said.

Though reports claim the matter is now closed and no further action will be taken, West Indies coach Richard Pybus promised to review the situation if anything is reported. "And, if it was untoward, we'll be addressing it".

Joe Root's team had earlier slumped to 277 all out - having started the day 231-4 - but Wood and Moeen Ali (4-36) tore through the Windies and earned England a 123-run first-innings lead.

Root managed just 55 in his five previous innings on tour but will end the series on a high, closing day three unbeaten on 111.

Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings then saw England to the close with their 10 wickets intact as the tourists enjoyed a rare position of dominance on the second day.

Root's ton was his 16th in Test cricket - to put him level with Michael Atherton, Graham Thorpe and Herbert Sutcliffe - and his fifth overseas, a reminder that despite his recent wobble he remains the bedrock of England's batting.

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