England head coach Trevor Bayliss has done the opposite of reprimanding skipper Jos Buttler for his heated words with Bangladesh’s players, saying England will ‘not back down’.
Buttler and a few Tigers players exchanged words when Buttler was dismissed in the second ODI in Dhaka, and the ICC reprimanded the England man for reacting.
But they properly fined Mashrafe Mortaza and Sabbir Rahman for inciting the confrontation, and Bayliss feels that should be all anyone needs to know about who was at fault.
The Australian said ahead of the third and deciding ODI: “Don’t forget there are always two teams in this type of argument and some of the teams around the world are not quite as pristine as they might like to make out.
“We are not going to back down from anything and certainly we have some characters in the team who will not back down.
“I haven’t read the match referee’s report but they were fined and Jos was warned for retaliating and that in itself tells a bit of a story.
“I think Jos wearing the captain’s hat was not going to take it lying down. He got a slap on the wrist and I am sure he will be doing his best to stay out of trouble in the future.”
He added of the Lancashire player’s temperament: “Since I have been here it is the first time Jos has been warned and his role is a little different to what it has been in the past.
“I think he has every right as captain to back his players up.
“You only have to watch some of our pre-match football matches to see the passion he has got. I have no qualms about the passion he shows.
“He has to be a little more careful about how he reacts, [but] he gets respect for that as well from the rest of the guys. It is a case of just watching what he says and the way he reacts to that.”