Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

BANGLADESH GUILTY AS BUTTLER ESCAPES FINE; Bangladesh Guilty as Jos Escapes Fine

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

BANGLADESH GUILTY AS BUTTLER ESCAPES FINE; Bangladesh Guilty as Jos Escapes Fine

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Byline: Tom Collomosse and Will Macpherson

JOS BUTTLER has escaped a fine for his clash with Bangladesh's players in yesterday's fiery one-day international. The stand-in England captain was seen firing a foul-mouthed volley at the celebrating home side after he was dismissed lbw on review during the tourists' run chase.

But the blame for the incident has been laid at the door of Bangladesh, with captain Mashrafe Mortaza and middleorder batsman Sabbir Rahman fined 20 per cent of their match fees, while Buttler was let off with a warning. Buttler still received an "official reprimand" for his behaviour but match referee Javagal Srinath said: "The Bangladesh players overstepped in their celebration of Jos Buttler's wicket, which prompted an inappropriate reaction from the dismissed batsman and required the on-field umpires' intervention. We all want to see high intensity on the field of play but only as long as it is not provoking or antagonising or disrespecting the opponent."

"It's certainly much more emotional as captain and you try to react the right way," Buttler said.

"But that's something I will learn if I do the job much more. It's something I will try to improve on, trying to keep levelheadedness, not letting your emotions get too high or too low."

It was quite something to see a man of Buttler's usually calm disposition so riled and while he explained that "he was disappointed in the fashion they celebrated" and that "there is no need to run in someone's face and celebrate", he accepted that if he could have his time again, he would have left the field without further words.

The unedifying scenes did not stop when Buttler left the field and England were far from blameless. Ben Stokes, according to his Twitter account, was Continued on Page 64 Continued from Back Page upset with Tamim Iqbal because "he put a shoulder to one of my team-mates at handshakes", and they, too, had to be separated. …

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