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Jos Buttler has been disciplined by the International Cricket Council for his ‘f***ing knobhead’ outburst at Vernon Philander during the second Test against South Africa.
Buttler was keeping wicket during a tense final day in Cape Town when he launched a series of expletives at Philander, seemingly angered by the batsman’s decision not to move out of the way of a throw.
The exchange was picked up by the stump microphones and shared widely on social media, leaving Buttler with little option but to accept the match referee’s charge.
The moment when Jos got cros. #PrayForVern
“Get out of the f— way, d—head. F—ing move. You know it’s going to hit you, just f—ing move. F—ing knobhead. F—ing get past that f—ing gut?”
If there were no fifth day in tests, this would never have happened.pic.twitter.com/CHxmqLp6sq
— Iceland Cricket (@icelandcricket) January 8, 2020
He will lose 15 per cent of his match fee and pick up one demerit point having breached the ICC’s disciplinary code. Suspensions kick in only after players have accumulated four demerit points in a two-year period and, as this is Buttler’s first such offence, he is in no imminent danger of missing any cricket.
An ICC statement read: “England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the fifth day of the second Test against South Africa in Cape Town.
“Buttler was found to have breached Article 2.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “Use of an audible obscenity during an International Match” following an incident with South Africa all-rounder Vernon Philander.
“In addition to this, one demerit point has been added to the disciplinary record of Buttler, for whom it was the first offence during a 24-month period.”
Turning point? I'll give you a turning point.
South Africa before Jos Buttler called Vernon Philander a fucking knobhead: 237/7 in 126.3 overs
South Africa after Jos Buttler called Vernon Philander a fucking knobhead: 11/3 in 11.1 overs
— Dave Tickner (@tickerscricket) January 7, 2020
Speaking after England’s series-levelling victory at Newlands, captain Joe Root gave the incident short shrift.
“I don’t think anyone overstepped the mark and you want a bit of something to talk about, a bit of spice on the TV don’t you?” he said.
“Hopefully its not a big deal and we can just get on with it. I don’t think it will linger throughout the series – it’s just two guys playing hard Test cricket. At that stage in the game emotions were probably running quite high.”
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