During the second Test at Cape Town between England and South Africa, English wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler crossed all the limits abusing Vernon Philander on field. His not so good act and words were caught by the camera and stump mic.
The Test was bagged by the English team by 189 runs but Buttler’s act was condemned by millions of cricket lovers around the world. For his misadventure, Buttler is likely to get punished by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Philander, who playing his last Test series, was batting in the last phase of the second Test when Buttler was not able to collect the throw from skippet Joe Root from the mid-off but Philander didn’t move a side from the line of the ball. After this, Buttler stepped over the line behind the stumps calling Philander ‘f***ing move, f***ing knobhead.
As expected, Philander stared back at Buttler. The Englishman then added it was hard for the ball to ‘get past that f***ing gut’.
The abusive words went on air as it was a live match and incident. Following which, broadcaster Sky Sports issued an apology for such offence.
In the post match conference, English skipper Joe Root tried to cover it up saying he doesn’t think it was anything serious. It was just 2 guys playing hard Test cricket. Emotions were running quite high and no one crossed the mark. “You want a bit of spice on the TV anyway, don’t you?” said Root.
The Cape Town Test was a nail-biting encounter won by England in last fewvovers. Ben Stokes picked up 3 quick wickets in only 2 overs, when South Africa was hopeing a draw.
England vs South Africa 4-match Test series has been equal for now both the teams have won 1 match each with 2 more encounter to go.