England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler has been fined 15 percent of his match fee on Thursday by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for swearing at South Africa’s Vernon Philander during the second Test at Newlands.
The 29-year-old was heard on the stump mic using an obscenity towards South African all-rounder Philander while keeping wicket on a tense final day in Cape Town.
Buttler will also pick up one demerit point for breaching the ICC’s disciplinary code, his first such offense. Players can be suspended if they accumulate four demerit points over a two-year period.
According to the ICC statement, “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”.
“Buttler admitted the offense 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”, reads the statement.
England won the match by 189 runs on a thrilling fifth day to level the four-match series at 1-1.
The third Test of the series will start on January 16 at Port Elizabeth.