England cricket: Joe Root brilliantly responds to 'homophobic slur'

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"Sometimes things are said on the field but they should stay on the field".

Fast bowler Alzarri Joseph titled the balance in the Windies favour in the third over before the interval when he had Root caught at the wicket for 16, swatting at a wide ball. Thank you Joe Root.

"I think you should leave it there".

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

Darren Bravo perished shortly after the resumption to another Root slip catch and the delighted fast bowler returned after some resistance from Shane Dowrich (38) to polish off the innings and complete the five-wicket haul when he yorked last man Shannon Gabriel.

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Asked about the incident after the end of the third day's play, Root said what was said on the pitch should stay on it.

"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".

Kirsty Clarke, director of sport at Stonewall - which campaigns for lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality - told Press Association Sport: 'Language is really influential and it's great if Joe Root was willing to challenge potentially abusive comments.

England have already lost the series 2-0 but finally dug in against a bowling attack minus captain Jason Holder, who was banned from the Test for his team's slow over-rate in the three-day second Test in Antigua.

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

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Root's words were praised online by a number of sports stars, including Gary Lineker and former England captain Nasser Hussein.

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.

"It feels fantastic. All the hard times I've had with injury, and the self-doubt, today I feel like an England", said Wood. "This calm and firm response will make a difference in ways we may never see and never know", she tweeted.

At the end of day three, England were 325-4 in the second innings, with a commanding lead of 448 runs with Root and Ben Stokes at the crease.

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