Jos Buttler uses abusive language to sledge Vernon Philander, faces ire of fans - Watch
South Africa pacer Dale Steyn retweeted the video of the aforementioned incident, and captioned it: “Well, that was loud and clear.”Updated: Jan 08, 2020 13:41 IST
England wicket-keeper Jos Buttler faced a lot of flak for directing abuses at Vernon Philander in the garb of sledging during the second Test match at Cape Town. It was a tight contest which England won as an inspired spell by Ben Stokes bowled out South Africa for 248.
However, this came after South Africa’s batsmen dug in and put a price tag of their wicket. It was a superb rearguard action by the batsmen and England were made to earn every wicket. Philander too played his part as he frustrated England with a fighting 51-ball 8 runs and Buttler’s reaction was his frustration spilling over.
The stump microphone picked the wicket-keeper calling Vernon Philander a ‘f***ing k***head’ as tension mounted with England chasing victory.
Philander drove a pitched-up ball to mid-off where Joe Root dived a made a superb stop. He then hurled a throw back at Buttler even as Philander stepped away. This drew the ire of the wicket-keeper who started hurling profanities at the batsman.
Sky Sports’ commentator Michael Atherton apologized for any offense caused, with Buttler also heard telling Philander it was hard for the ball to ‘get past that f***ing gut’.
South Africa pacer Dale Steyn retweeted the video of the aforementioned incident, and captioned it: “Well, that was loud and clear.”
Well, that was loud and clear. https://t.co/Mr7ZftfUUg— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) January 7, 2020
Joe Root, the England captain, tried to play down the incident and said that ill-feeling would not sour relations between both teams.
“I don’t think it was anything serious,” Root said. “It was just two guys playing hard Test cricket. Emotions were running quite high and I don’t think anyone overstepped the mark. You want a bit of spice on the TV anyway, don’t you?”
@josbuttler They always loved to moan about the Aussies sledging. This isn’t sledging - it’s cowardice. Say that to Vern’s face in a pub & see what he does. Very disappointing.— Michael Faber (@mickfaber10) January 7, 2020
You hate to see this kind of behaviour from Buttler. Let's just hope that after the Test, the two sides got together in the dressing rooms, had a few beers and worked out a way to blame it on David Warner. https://t.co/o8SfgjgvzC— Dan Liebke (@LiebCricket) January 8, 2020
Jos Buttler's Test career thus far has been defined by two things.— Mayukh Ghosh (@stock_delivery) January 8, 2020
1. Laughing after Steve Smith was hit by a bouncer.
2. Calling Vernon Philander a 'fucking knobhead'.
Now he needs to score some runs. pic.twitter.com/bd3yGC0gkq
Bring back jonny bairstow for 3rd test in place of buttler. He can carry drinks as his surname dictates! FPS https://t.co/MkQASLCZyS— Rucarldo Oosthuizen (@rucarldotw) January 8, 2020
Can’t agree more. Be it any situation this is not acceptable and was not expected from Buttler, such a senior player of the game.— Shrutika Gaekwad (@Shrutika_05_) January 8, 2020
He’s not setting any example by doing this. https://t.co/rGBR84roCj