Root Refuses to Highlight Gabriel’s ‘Regretful’ On-field Comments

Keaton Jennings has been recalled for the third Test

England's Mark Wood raises the ball as he leaves the field after taking five wickets against West Indies during day two of the third cricket Test match at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in Gros Islet, St. Lucia, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019.

Why, Douglas Jardine must have been salivating in his grave.

Playing his first match of the series, Wood tore through the heart of the home side's batting to finish with 5-41 as the West Indies, replying to England's first innings total of 277, crashed from 57 without loss in mid-afternoon to 154 all out an hour before the close of play.

West Indies will be without captain Jason Holder who was suspended for the final Test due to his team's slow over-rate during their victory in Antigua last week.

Anderson eventually played a part in the first wicket, though as the fielder, flying around from cow corner after Brathwaite (12) had launched Moeen into the air.

But Stokes and Buttler came together for an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 124 as two of England's traditionally aggressive batsmen, perhaps in light of recent criticism of the side's approach, reined in their natural game to guide their team to a strong position.

First Shai Hope steered him to gully into Rory Burns' hands after scoring only one run and then Roston Chase followed in nearly identical fashion, as the Windies slipped to 59 for four.

West Indies cricketer Shannon Gabriel has been embroiled in a homophobic storm after Joe Root called out the fast bowler for on-field comments he apparently made St Lucia.

Wood claimed his first four-wicket haul in Test cricket shortly after tea, Root pouching another first-slip catch to dismiss Darren Bravo, at which point most Englishmen were starting to fantasise about concerned expressions in faraway Australia.

England made two changes.

Earlier, Kemar Roach picked up four wickets as the Windies ripped through the England tail in the first innings.

Dowrich eventually fell lbw to Stuart Broad, who then took a brilliant one-handed catch from over his head after Joseph launched Moeen into the sky.

As of now, no further action will be taken against Shannon Gabriel. Butler did not add to his overnight score, and the dismissal ended a 125-run partnership with Ben Stokes that had allowed England to climb out of an early hole.

England's innings of 4-325 was comfortably their best, and longest, of the tour and although there were more disappointments for openers Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings, 69 from Denly offered cause for cautious optimism.

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