(CNN)England cricket captain Joe Root said West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel may have said something he "might regret" in an on-field incident on Monday.
In television footage shared on social media, Root, who was batting at the time, appears to respond to a comment from Gabriel by saying: "Don't use it as an insult. There is nothing wrong with being gay."
The original comment, made by Gabriel during the third Test between West Indies and England in Saint Lucia, was not audible on the microphone on the stump, and Root was coy afterward when asked by reporters what had been said.
"It's Test cricket and (Gabriel) is an emotional guy trying to do everything he can to win a Test match," Root told reporters Monday.
"Sometimes people say things on the field that they might regret, but they should stay on the field."
The England captain added that the bowler is "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."