England’s wicketkeeper Jos Buttler could land in trouble after being caught using foul language against Vernon Philander on the stump mic during Day 5 of the Cape Town Test.
The incident happened after Philander drove a ball towards mid-off to Joe Root. The England skipper threw the ball back to Buttler, but Philander remained unmoved and got in Buttler’s way as he was unable to collect the ball.
Soon after, the microphone attached to stumps picked Buttler saying ‘F***ing k***head’ to Philander. The veteran bowler starred back, but he didn’t say anything.
Don't you just love English athletes?
— JAKE BUCKLEY 🇦🇺 (@TheMasterBucks) January 7, 2020
South Africa pacer Dale Steyn reacted to the incident on Twitter.
“Well, that was loud and clear,” tweeted Steyn.
Well, that was loud and clear. https://t.co/Mr7ZftfUUg
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) January 7, 2020
Indian commentator Harsha Bhogle also reacted to the cuss words used by Buttler and wrote, “What a pity.”
What a pity… https://t.co/JV9ni9Vyfy
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 8, 2020
Meanwhile, Kevin Pietersen has come out in defense of Buttler. The former England cricketer asked people to leave the English wicketkeeper alone.
“LOTS having a go at @josbuttler here! LEAVE HIM ALONE! This is Test Cricket, and believe me, this is nothing compared to lots that goes on, on the field. Series is alive big time! END OF!,” tweeted Pietersen.
LOTS having a go at @josbuttler here!
LEAVE HIM ALONE!
This is Test Cricket and believe me, this is nothing compared to lots that goes on, on the field.
Series is alive big time!
END OF! pic.twitter.com/vSh4zDL1AY
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) January 8, 2020
However, Sky Sports’ commentator Michael Atherton did apologize seconds after the incident.