Former England captain Michael Vaughan has talked about the recent sledging incident when Jos Buttler abused Vernon Philander during the second Test between England and South Africa. Sledging is a pretty common thing on the field when two teams are taking on each other. Stump microphones have recorded a fierce conversation between Buttler and Philander in the recently concluded game.
England beat South Africa on the final day of the Test where Ben Stokes’s heroics helped England in crunch moments. However, the incident took place on the final day when stump mic recorded the voice of England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler. Vernon Philander did not move out of the way even after seeing a throw coming towards him from mid-off region.
The incident left Buttler angry who then started abusing the South Africa batsman. However, Buttler had to give his 15% of the match fees for his behaviour. After the fine, he also apologized for the incident but also added that the stump mic should be removed.
“In Test cricket, there is high emotion at times. There can be things said that doesn’t mean anything, but for the viewers at home it can come across very poorly,” he had said earlier. “It is a tough one, we understand that it adds to the viewer experience to have stump mics to hear a bit of what goes on.”
Michael Vaughan has replied to this. He took to Twitter and shared his views.
“For what’s it worth…I think having the stump mics turned up has added to cricket Broadcasts & given the viewer an insight into players/tactics & some banter… If a player swears and abuses someone and it’s caught surely it’s the player’s stupidity not the fact we have stump mics!”, he tweeted.
On the other hand, Kevin Pietersen has supported Buttler, citing that this incident was okay in Test cricket. Even he said this incident has less effect compared to those things which go on the field.