Vernon Philander fined for swearing to Jos Buttler

South African  pacer Vernon Philander has became the fourth cricketer in the ongoing series against England to be punished for breaking International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct.

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Philander, who is playing in his final Test, has been fined 15 percent of his match fee after an abusive send-off to England batsman Jos Buttler during the second day of the fourth Test at the Wanderers Stadium.

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An ICC statement said on Sunday that Philander had been found guilty to have breached article 2.5 of the ICC’s code of conduct, for “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his/her dismissal in an international match.”

Philander, 34, admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Andy Pycroft. The veteran fast bowler announced his retirement from international cricket last year after the series against England.

It can be noted that Buttler himself was also fined earlier in the series for swearing to Philander on day five of the second Test at Newlands and later apologised for his remarks.

On Saturday in the ongoing Test, ICC sanctioned England all-rounder Ben Stokes for a foul-mouthed brawl with a spectator after his dismissal on the opening day on Friday.

South Africa’s premier paceman Kagiso Rabada was also fined 15% of his match and given a demerit point for his abusive celebration when he dismissed England captain Joe Root in the third test at Port Elizabeth. He is banned from the fourth test in Johannesburg.

England lead 2-1 in the four-match series.

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