Joe Root's retort was natural, organic and rather wonderful

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

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

Article 2.13 of the ICC's code of conduct applies to use of "language of a personal, insulting, obscene and/or offensive nature".

Gabriel was warned about his language by the on-field umpiring team of Rod Tucker and Kumar Dharmasena, who later chose to lay a formal charge against the 30-year-old.

The Yorkshire lad has been praised by Stonewall, a leading United Kingdom equality charity, for challenging West Indies bowler Shannon Gabriel during the third Test in St Lucia.

Following captain Jason Holder's one-match Test ban for his team's second Test slow over rate, fiery fast bowler Shannon Gabriel has been controversially slapped with a four-match one-day global suspension by cricket's world governing body, the ICC, after being found guilty of player abuse.

He has also been fined 75% of his match fee.The incident happened on the third day of the Test, with stump mics picking up an interaction between Gabriel and the England batsmen, which ended with Joe Root stating that "there's nothing wrong with being gay". "There is nothing wrong with being gay".

Root declined to reveal what Gabriel had said, instead telling reporters after the match that Gabriel was "a good guy" but that "sometimes people say things on the field that they might regret". There was no formal hearing with the match referee, Jeff Crowe, after he accepted the charge.

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Inspired by a Mark Wood spell which knocked over the hosts for 154, Joe Root and men are now in a commanding position.

Root has been lauded for his response, with former England skipper Nasser Hussain saying it was more important than the Test victory as the tourists won the final match of the series by over 200 runs. "I don't want anything said in the middle to ruin what's been a good test series for him and his team".

'Above all else Joe Root did in this game, and he batted and captained brilliantly, nothing was as powerful as the words he spoke on the third afternoon, ' Hussain told the Daily Mail.

U.K. Sports Minister Mims Davies was among those who praised Root for his stance.

West Indies head coach Richard Pybus, speaking on Monday, told BBC Radio's Test Match Special: "If a comment was made we'll review it and if it was untoward we'll be addressing it".

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