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Jos Buttler Handed Fine 15% Of His Match Fee For Abusing Vernon Philander

Cricket can sometimes become a very intense and emotional sport as players tend to give their all for the success of their respective teams. Something similar happened during the fifth day of the second Test match between South Africa and England 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.

As this was Buttler’s first offense during a 24-month period, thus, one demerit point has been added to his disciplinary record. South Africa all-rounder Vernon Philander and Jos Buttler got themselves involved in a bit of a controversy in the 2nd Test at the Newlands. The pressure was on Philander as he had to take the team to a draw. On the other hand, the situation got the better of Buttler as well. Jos lost his cool and hurled abuses at Philander, calling him a ‘f*****g k***head’. Philander looked around at Buttler, who didn’t refuse to stop and kept on using expletives for the lower-order batsman.

"Buttler admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Andy Pycroft of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing," said ICC’s released statement.