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Vernon Philander cops fine from ICC for Jos Buttler send-off

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

South Africa seamer Vernon Philander has been fined 15 per of his match fee and received one demerit point for using “inappropriate language” after dismissing England batsman Jos Buttler on the second day of The Wanderers Test.

Philander, who announced prior to the series that this would be his last as an international cricketer, has been found to have breached article 2.5 of the ICC’s code of conduct, which relates to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his/her dismissal during an international match”.

Buttler himself was fined earlier in the series for swearing at Philander on day five of the second Test at Newlands and later apologised for his remarks that were heard on the stump microphone.

Philander is the second South Africa bowler to have breached article 2.5 of the code of conduct this series. Kagiso Rabada accrued his fourth demerit point in the space of the last two years after giving Joe Root a send-off upon the England captain’s dismissal in the third Test, leading to a one-Test ban.

The fine is also the second to have been dished out at The Wanderers this weekend. On Saturday the ICC announced that Ben Stokes had been found guilty of breaching article 2.3 of the code of conduct for the “use of an audible obscenity during an international match”. Stokes was caught on camera swearing at a spectator as he left the field after being dismissed by Anrich Nortje on day one.

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