England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler has issued an apology for his actions during the Newlands Test as the series moves to the third Test at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth this week.
Buttler’s sledging towards Vernon Philander was picked up by the stump mic and caused a scene. He was eventually docked 15% of his match fee and issued a demerit point.
‘I fully understand that as role models we have a duty to behave in a certain way,’ said Buttler.
‘I’d like to apologise. I understand that’s not the way to behave, so I’ll take the slap on the wrist and move on.’
Buttler put his words down to the ‘heat of the moment and a bit of redness’.
England are without James Anderson for the rest of the series which resumes in Port Elizabeth on Thursday.
Meanwhile, England fast bowler Mark Wood is in contention for a return to the Test XI.
‘I’ve got no qualms he could come in this week and be successful because of what he’s done in the past and what he can draw upon. He’s got the skills to go out there and make an impact,’ said assistant coach Paul Collingwood.
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