Proteas seamer Vernon Philander has found himself in hot water in his final match for South Africa after an incident with Jos Buttler on Saturday at the Wanderers.
Philander was found guilty for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct when he gave Buttler a verbal sendoff following the England wicketkeeper’s dismissal during the visitors’ first innings of the fourth and final Test in Johannesburg.
In addition, Philander has copped a 15% fine of his match fee and received one demerit point for the foul language directed at Buttler, who was caught by Elgar for 20.
A statement by the ICC, released on Sunday, mentioned that the Philander ‘used inappropriate language after dismissing Buttler, which could have provoked an aggressive response from the batsman.’
Although the incident was never seen on tv at the time or in the form of replays, Philander admitted to the offence and accepted the sanction.
The two were involved in a heated verbal exchange during the second Test at Newlands as well when Buttler swore at Philander while keeping behind the stumps to spinner Dom Bess.
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The 34-year-old Philander refused to get out of the way of an incoming throw from mid off which was directed at Buttler.
Instead the ball hit Philander on the body to which Buttler reacted by swearing numerous times at him.
The Englishman was also fined 15% of his match fee.