WATCH: Jos Buttler Abuses Vernon Philander on Live TV During the Second Test

Published 01/08/2020, 4:05 AM EST
Jos Buttler abused Vernon Philander on live TV during the second Test.


Sledging is a pretty common thing on the field when two teams are taking on each other. Once again this took place during the second Test between South Africa and England. Stump microphones have recorded a fierce conversation between England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler and South Africa player Vernon Philander.

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Buttler called South African veteran a “f****ing k***head” during the second Test where South Africa was desperately trying to go for a draw on the fifth day. On the other hand, England required three wickets to seal the victory.

Jos Buttler

Jos Buttler abuses Vernon Philander

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“Get out of the f***ing way, dickhead,” Buttler was heard saying to Philander over the stump mic. “F***ing move. You know it’s going to hit you, just f***ing move. F***ing k***head. [How am I meant to] f***ing get past that f***ing gut?”

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However, Buttler continued his verbal spat at a shocked Philander, but the microphone didn’t pick it as it was eventually switched off. Following that, commentator Michael Atherton apologised for the incident.

Meanwhile, England had won by 1-0 in the four-match Test series and they needed just three wickets to win at that time. On the other hand, England vice-captain Ben Stokes’ voice was also heard in the background.

South Africa’s Vernon Philander. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Philander stared back at Stokes who then asked him not to stare. When South Africa were playing at 237 for 7 and required to survive 19 more overs to draw the game, it was Ben Stokes who came to his team’s rescue. He picked up the final three wickets of the match to register a 189-run victory.

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England put up a total of 269 on the board in the first innings where Ollie Pope scored an unbeaten 61. Kagiso Rabada took a three-wicket haul there. South Africa’s first innings ended on 223 where Dean Elgar scored 88 and Rassie van der Dussen scored 68. James Anderson took a fifer whereas Dominic Sibley’s unbeaten 133 helped England to win.

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Shruti Banerjee

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