Apologetic Buttler blames ‘red mist’
ENGLAND’S Jos Buttler has apologised for his sledging of South Africa’s Vernon Philander in the Cape Town Test, blaming ‘a bit of red mist’.
Lancashire star Buttler was keeping wicket during the tourists’ dramatic fifth day victory when Philander’s apparent unwillingness to move out the way of a throw appeared to get under his skin.
The reaction was blunt, colourful and not exactly safe for a family audience, with Buttler swearing at Philander as well as appearing to mock his girth.
Buttler was subsequently charged under the International Cricket Council’s disciplinary code, earning one demerit point and losing 15 per cent of his match fee, around £2,500.
Speaking to Test Match Special after England trained at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth, venue for Thursday’s third Test, Buttler said: “I’d like to apologise, I understand that’s not the way to behave. As role models we have a duty to behave in a certain way.
“In Test cricket there are lots of high emotions and things can be said that don’t necessarily mean anything, but for viewers at home it can come across very poorly. Sometimes it’s just one of those things, the heat of the moment and a bit of red mist.
Buttler added that the use of stump mics was debatable.
England trained without captain Joe Root, who was absent with an upset stomach.