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WATCH – Jos Buttler Launched A Cussing Rant On Vernon Philander
By CricShots - Jan 8, 2020 11:55 am
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England wicket-keeper Jos Buttler is well on the verge of facing a hefty fine from ICC after being caught using cuss words against the South African seamer, Vernon Philander on the stump-mic during Day 5 of 2nd Test match at Cape Town. The stump microphone picked Buttler calling Vernon Philander a ‘f***ing k***head’ as tension mounted with England on the verge of a victory.

Jos Buttler and Vernon Philander

Philander had frustrated England with fighting innings of 51-ball 8 runs and Buttler hurled abuses at the retiring South African cricketer when Philander blocked the former’s view from an incoming throw.

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When Buttler was collecting a throw from the mid-off fielder, Philander was not aware of the throw, but he managed to evade teh ball at the last second. After collecting teh ball, Buttler quickly threw it back to the bowler but started a rant against the veteran all-rounder. Not stopping there, the English wicket-keeper than repeated the “F” cuss word several times and asked Philander to “f*****g move, get past that f*****g gut” as Philander stared at him. The face-off resumed in the next over as well.

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Broadcaster Mike Atherton later apologized on air for the said incident as he said on air, “Apologies if you heard a little bit of foul language an over or two ago. Obviously things are getting pretty heated out there at the moment.”

Here is the video of the same:

However, Philander’s efforts went in vain as  England subdued a stubborn South Africa to win a thrilling second Test by 189 runs late on the final day on Tuesday, their first victory at Newlands since 1957. South Africa pacer Dale Steyn retweeted the video of the aforementioned incident, captioning it “Well, that was loud and clear.”

England skipper Joe Root played down the incident, saying ill-feeling would not sour relations between both teams. After the match, Root said, “I don’t think it was anything serious. 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?”

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Meanwhile, Ben Stokes played a crucial role in England’s 189-run win that helped the visitors level the series 1-1. He took the last three wickets, including the final scalp of Philander, as England secured the win with 8 overs to spare.

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