Apolo­getic But­tler blames ‘red mist’

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - CRICKET By RORY DOL­LARD

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.

Jos But­tler

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