England captain Joe Root showed integrity and leadership in his response to a comment from West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, says former batter Ebony Rainford-Brent.
“It’s one thing being an England captain, but having that awareness and presence in that moment to be prepared to stand up for something, that’s what’s interesting.”
Root refused to explain exactly what was said after play on day three of the final Test in St Lucia, during which the England captain hit a fine century to put his side in a commanding position.
“In this age of diversity and people being free to be themselves, when you have an England captain who stands up for something in the moment – and he didn’t have to respond – it was a point that he wanted to make and it was really powerful.
Former England captain Alastair Cook said that comments about race and sexuality are “no-go areas”.
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