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Buttler slapped with fine for abusive tirade against Philander
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Buttler slapped with fine for abusive tirade against Philander

Jos Buttler has been sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for his fiery outburst at Vernon Philander during the second Test between England and South Africa in Newlands.

Buttler has copped a 15 percent fine of his match fee for launching into an expletive-laden tirade against an unsuspecting Philander when the Proteas stalwart failed to move out of the way of a throw.

The exchange was caught on the stump microphones and the clip showing the England wicketkeeper angrily swearing at Philander was widely shared on social media since the incident took place.

Battling on a tense final day of the close contest, Philander refused to respond to the obscene remarks and calmly stared back at Buttler while Ben Stokes stationed at first slip also chipped in with a profanity-free comment.

The Somerset star's actions have been found to breach the ICC's disciplinary code, due to which he has received one demerit point.

"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," the ICC statement read.

England skipper Joe Root had tried to play down the incident after the visitors completed a series-levelling win.

"I don't think anyone overstepped the mark and you want a bit of something to talk about, a bit of spice on the TV don't you?" Root said.

"Hopefully it's not a big deal and we can get on with it. I don't think it will affect the series - it's just two guys playing hard Test cricket. At that stage in the game, emotions were probably running quite high."

Buttler admitted the offence and accepted the punishment imposed on him by Andy Pycroft of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referee, requiring no need for a formal hearing.