Shannon Gabriel has been banned for four matches for abusive language toward another player. But the ban has brought with it questions and for the second day in a row, the SportsMax Zone panel takes a critical look at the issues.

Shannon Gabriel has given his account of his third-Test exchange with Joe Root, with the West Indies bowler offering an "unreserved apology" to the England team and their captain as well as his own team-mates. 

Shannon Gabriel faces a four-match ban from the International Cricket Council after accepting a charge of abusing another player. The ban has brought with it questions of how the ICC treats small cricketing nations versus the big countries like Australia, England and India.

The Windies won the Wisden trophy despite a massive defeat in the final of a three-Test series against England. India is next and cricket analyst Fazeer Mohammed believes they may be a bridge too far.

Windies star batsman Chris Gayle has appealed against what has been deemed inadequate compensation, in a case against Australia Media entity Fairfax Media that was decided in his favour a little over a year ago.

In the much-publicized case, the 39-year-old batsman took the media house to court following its publication of sexual misconduct allegations levelled against him by former West Indies massage therapist Leanne Russell. 

Russell had claimed Gayle intentionally exposed his penis to her, while on a visit to the team locker room while making an indecent proposition.  Her version of events was printed by multiple tabloids.

The court, however, ruled that the publishers failed to establish a defence of truth regarding the allegations at the heart of the case.  In a judgment made in December last year, Justice Lucy McCallum awarded Gayle a total of $325,112 for the stories, including interest. The amount did not include Aggravated damages and fell at the lower end of the statutory cap on such rulings.

Fairfax, who has since launched an appeal, has since sought to delay the payment.  In filing a counter-appeal late last month, however, Gayle’s legal team has argued that the damages awarded were "manifestly inadequate" and Justice McCallum "erred in failing to award aggravated damages".

 In the original ruling, the jury had found that the publisher acted with malice, meaning the articles were published for an improper purpose.

Middle-order batsman Leon Johnson cracked an unbeaten half-century as the Guyana Jaguars wasted little time in formalizing a 7-wicket win over the Jamaica Scorpions at Providence Stadium on Sunday.

After the previous day’s demolition job by spinner Gudakesh Motie, the Jaguars needed just 145 runs to snap a three-match losing streak.  Overnight batsman Hemraj added another 26 runs before he was caught by Brandon King off the bowling of Jerome Taylor.

Sherfane Rutherford added another 5 to the total after facing 13 deliveries but he was dismissed by Derval Green.

Opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul seemed poised to stay at the crease to see the Jaguars to the meagre total but was out lbw to Kenroy Williams after making 33 from 73 balls.  The young batsman was involved in partnerships with Hemraj, Rutherford and Johnson whose 61 came from 86 balls and included 10 fours and one six.  Vishaul Sigh was also left not out on 26 from 57 balls.  Jerome Taylor, Derval Green and Kenroy Williams each took a wicket in the second innings.

 

A five-for from Rahkeem Cornwall handed the Leeward Islands Hurricanes a narrow 12-run win over the Windwards Volcanoes in a close encounter at Windsor Park.

Beginning the day in pursuit of 231, with 10 wickets in hand, the Windwards were in early trouble after Roland Cato (9) and the typically reliable Devon Smith (20) departed in the space of two overs.  Cato was dismissed Nelson Bolan, caught by Jahmar Hamilton and Smith caught and bowled by Sheno Berridge for 20.

A steady partnership between Kavem Hodge and Sunil Ambris, however, stopped the early rot as the pair put on 103 for the third wicket.

The partnership would, however, be broken when Cornwall accounted for Hodge, who had made 65 from 78 balls.

 The spinner then went on to rip through the rest of the middle and lower order, removing Alick Athanaze(8), Dennis Smith (1) Larry Cornwall (0) and Josh Thomas (0) for a combined 9 runs.

The stubborn Ambris was, however, not finished as he put on 70 runs for the 6th wicket with Ray Jordan (19) to get the team within touching distance.  After Jordan was caught by Devon Thomas off the bowling of  Quinton Boatswain, Ambris would simply run out of partners as the team was dismissed for 228.

 

South Africa and New Zealand will give the Windies their final look at what they can expect ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019 when the Caribbean side battles them in International Cricket Council (ICC)-sanctioned warm-up games. 

 Former Windies coach Stuart Law believes a healthy fear of pace bowler Shannon Gabriel has been a major factor in the regional team’s dominance of England to date.

The 30-year-old Gabriel claimed 5 wickets for 115 runs, perhaps behind in comparison stats wise to Kemar Roach’s who took 9 for 99 in the same period but no less important to the outcome of the series insists Law.

Roach, captain Jason Holder and young pace bowler Joseph were the major beneficiaries after sharing 27 wickets among themselves.

"Shannon Gabriel bowling at (that pace), no-one wants to face it and I know for a fact a few England boys don't like facing Shannon," Law told a Wisden.com podcast.

"He wasn't the main destroyer. He was the one who put the wind up (England) and got them thinking, and then you had the skill and the craft of Kemar Roach, and Jason Holder with his big swing and bounce and a young firebrand Alzarri Joseph who can let rip at 90-plus as well,” he added.

"West Indies had better plans. The strategy was very simple, bowl fast and straight. They attacked the stumps more when they bowled. England were bowling pretty balls outside off stump."

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