Gabriel has since been charged by the ICC for breaching their Code of Conduct after making comments out on the ground on day three, which prompted Root to reply “there’s nothing wrong with being gay”.
When asked post-play about the incident, Root suggested Gabriel may have uttered something he “might regret”, but was reluctant to explain exactly what was said.
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“Sometimes people say things on the field that they might regret, but they should stay on the field,” Root said.
“He’s a good guy who plays hard cricket and is proud to be in the position he is. The battle was a good contest. He’s had a wonderful series and he should be proud.
“I don’t want anything said in the middle to ruin what’s been a good Test series for him and his team.”
Vaughan tweeted he was proud of Root for what he stood up for and that it was “worth more than any Win or Hundred that he will ever achieve.”
“I don’t know who said what to whom .. but boy do I applaud Joe Root’s reaction here,” Hussain added on Twitter.
“For me his twelve words as a role model will be in the end more important than a test hundred or possible victory.”
Speaking to reporters in Melbourne on Wednesday, Melbourne Renegades fast bowler Kane Richardson declared he was right behind Root’s approach to call out Gabriel’s poor actions on the field.
“I’m all for that. As a human being, stamping out that sort of stuff right there and then is perfect,” Richardson said.
“Joe, he always speaks well and he’s on the right side of the fence. So I was pretty happy with what he said.”
Netherlands player Peter Borren was another who added his praise, declaring “Joe Root is my hero” on Twitter.