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Ben Foakes made his England Test debut in Sri Lanka in November 2018

Microphones caught the end of one particular exchange between the pair which implied Gabriel had used homophobic language on the field.

The incident took place in the 44th over when England were sailing smoothly at 138 for 2 with Root and Joe Deny at the crease when both players ran into some kind of "interaction".

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

When asked if Gabriel crossed the line, Root repeated his belief that those things should stay on the field.

"The battle was a good contest".

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"Afraid "what is said on the field stays there" is not good enough any more", added journalist Paul Newman. "I think they can sometimes be caught in the moment and not always say what you want to say or think you're saying", the 28-year-old said.

Joe Denly, playing his second test, made 20 off 50 balls before he was trapped in front to Shannon Gabriel. "Language is really influential and it's great Joe Root stepped up to challenge abusive comments". "There is no room in the game for any form of discrimination", he said.

England had earlier declared their second innings on 361 for five after captain Joe Root, resuming the day on 111, was dismissed for 122.

Wood, brought into the team for the first time this series, offered England genuine pace of more than 90 miles-per-hour (145 kph), and he had an immediate impact, causing West Indies all sorts of problems from his very first ball.

The third and final Test gets underway at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in St Lucia on Saturday.

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It is also meant to cover language of a personal, insulting, obscene and/or offensive nature relating to a family member of the Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire or Match Referee at whom it is directed'.

England reached 19-0 in its second innings at stumps.

Whether the match referee Jeff Crowe deems the incident worthy of further attention remains to be seen, while West Indies coach Richard Pybus promised to take further action "if it was untoward".

Last month, Pakistan's captain Sarfraz Ahmed landed in trouble after a seemingly racist comment he made to South Africa's Andile Phehlukwayo was caught on the broadcast stump mics and discussed by the commentators.

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