Jos Buttler could be in for some trouble with the International Cricket Council (ICC) after a video of his x-rated rant at South African cricketer Vernon Philander went viral on Twitter. On a tense final day during the second Test between hosts South Africa and England, the stump mic picked up Buttler launching an angry tirade at the South African after he appeared to get in the way of a throw to the English wicketkeeper. Social media was buzzing with many slamming the Englishman for his foul-mouthed rant but former England batsman Kevin Pietersen jumped to the defence of Buttler.
"Get out the f*****g way," said Buttler, prompting Philander to stare back at him. Buttler, though, didn't stop and continued his abusive tirade.
Ben Stokes, who was stationed at first slip, also joined him, saying: "Don't stare him out. He's got a point, mate."
Pietersen attached the video of the incident and called for Buttler to be left alone, saying "this is Test Cricket and believe me, this is nothing compared to lots that goes on, on the field".
LOTS having a go at @josbuttler here!— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) January 8, 2020
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
However, others were not in agreement with Pietersen and thought Buttler had overstepped the line.
Unacceptable, however tense the situation https://t.co/oZhvod60hJ— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) January 8, 2020
Well, that was loud and clear. https://t.co/Mr7ZftfUUg— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) January 7, 2020
What a pity... https://t.co/JV9ni9Vyfy— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 8, 2020
If you're trying to replace Australia as the villains of the game make sure you: a) pick your battles, and b) are actually good at cricket @josbuttler . This is fairly embarrassing https://t.co/yLf7fKi09Z— Will Doble (@willdobes) January 8, 2020
Buttler clearly doesn't know where the line is. Literally and figuratively.— Abhinav Ramamurthy (@Rama21989) January 8, 2020
Ben Stokes produced an explosive spell of bowling as England beat South Africa by 189 runs inside the last hour of the fifth day of the second Test at Newlands.
The win levelled the four-match World Test championship series.
South Africa were bowled out for 248, with the last wicket falling when only 8.2 overs were left in the match.
Stokes took the last three wickets in the space of 14 balls to clinch the victory. He finished with three for 35.
(With AFP inputs)