Gabriel suspended after Root exchange

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Gabriel was charged with a Level Two offence under article 2.13 of the ICC's Code of Conduct, covering "personal abuse".

The 30-year-old Gabriel was also hit with a 75 per cent fine and three demerit points for the incident, which took place during the England second innings on day three of the finalWisden Trophy Test in St Lucia on Monday.

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.

During day 3 of the test match between England and West Indies, seamer Shannon Gabriel directed a homophobic comment towards Joe Root.

Root was picked up by the stump mics while batting on the third day responding to an unheard comment from Gabriel. "There's nothing wrong with being gay", Root appeared to say, before turning his back on the fiery quick.

"The charge, which was laid by match umpires, will now be dealt with by Match Referee Jeff Crowe", the governing body said in a statement on Tuesday.

"Don't use it as an insult", he said.

"Sometimes people say things on the field that they might regret, but they should stay on the field".

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"A wonderful and hugely important reply from Joe Root here to the sledging by Shannon Gabriel", Owens tweeted."Delivered with calm and dignity and with a bigger impact than hitting the ball for six".

"West Indies have played some fantastic cricket, they are a good bunch of guys and it would be a shame if it tarnishes it". "The battle was a good contest".

'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.

"The more players, fans, clubs and organisations that stand up for equality in sport, the sooner we kick discrimination out and make sport everyone's game".

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.

While it remains unclear what Gabriel said, Root's reaction earned him plaudits on social media.

There was also praise for Root from global rugby referee Nigel Owens who came out in 2007.