Gabriel slapped with four-match ODI ban over Root incident

Gabriel and Root exchanged words on the field in St Lucia

Cape Town - West Indies quick Shannon Gabriel has released a statement shedding light on the incident with England captain Joe Root.

Root was unwilling to be drawn into the specifics of the exchange but said he was satisfied by how he dealt with the situation.

'They're a good bunch of guys and it would be a shame if it tarnishes what has been a good, hard-fought series.

"I recognise now that I was attempting to break through my own tension when I said to Joe Root: 'Why are you smiling at me?"

"I think the fast bowlers are always going to try and impose themselves on the game", Pybus added. "You have responsibility to go about things in a certain manner on the field and it felt appropriate to act how I did".

Root's actions were applauded on social media, with former England captain Nasser Hussain saying Root's reaction would help cement his legacy.

Joe Root did not want to speak about the issue post the day's play but admitted the fast bowler may have said something inappropriate. It was an off-the-cuff reaction to something that he was not prepared to accept.

West Indies speedster Shannon Gabriel has been controversially slapped with a four-match One-Day International ban by cricket's world governing body, the ICC, after being found guilty of player abuse. "The battle was a good contest, he's had a wonderful series and he should be proud".

Kirsty Clarke, director of sport at Stonewall, told Press Association Sport: "Language is really influential and it's great if Joe Root was willing to challenge potentially abusive comments".

Gabriel had earlier been suspended from the Mirpur test in November a year ago when he reached the threshold of four demerit points.

"I know now that it was offensive and for that I am deeply sorry". On that occasion, he made physical contact with batsman Imrul Kayes and was hit with two demerit points and also fined 30 per cent of his match fee.

"With the addition of these three [latest] demerit points, he has reached the threshold of eight demerit points, which, pursuant to article 7.6 of the Code, have been converted into four suspension points", the ICC said.

West Indies have a five-match home ODI series against England, beginning on February 20 in Barbados.

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