West Indies vs England: Shannon Gabriel warned over clash with Joe Root

Ben Foakes has been dropped with Jonny Bairstow to keep in St Lucia

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Hussain tweeted about the alleged sledging incident: "I don't know who said what to whom. but boy do I applaud Joe Root's reaction here".

While Gabriel's comments were not picked up by television stump microphones, Root appeared to respond: "Don't use that as an insult".

In Anderson's next over, Brathwaite edged a defensive prod to Ben Stokes at second slip for eight and Darren Bravo followed without scoring in the seventh over, caught at first slip by skipper Joe Root at 10 for three. "It's Test cricket and he's an emotional guy trying to do everything he can to win a Test match".

You have responsibility to go about things in a certain manner on the field and it felt appropriate to act how I did'.

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

Asked if Gabriel had crossed the line of acceptability, Root said: "I think it should stay on the field".

The Sky Sports cricket expert and columnist insisted that while there was now no evidence of any wrong-doing by Gabriel, Root's reaction sent an important message.

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He said: "I think the fast bowlers are always going to try and impose themselves on the game".

One person wrote: "What a legend".

Former England cricketer Nasser Hussain said Root's reaction would help cement his legacy.

West Indies coach Richard Pybus added he had not heard anything but would investigate the matter if a more formal complaint was made.

Bowler Gabriel was confronted by the England captain but no formal complaint was made about his language. "I could have seen the amusing side of it but I also said to myself not to look at it as a big opportunity, just try to let it go and make sure I was not out at the end of the day".

"The ICC have got to handle things and I am not in a position to comment but throughout the series it has been played in the right manner between the two sides".

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.

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