South African batter Rassie van der Dussen was seen arguing with England captain Jos Buttler during the second One-Day International in Bloemfontein on Sunday (January 29). The two appeared to be having a serious discussion, with Van der Dussen clearly unimpressed.
The incident happened in the 19th over of the innings, when South Africa was on cruise control chasing a daunting 343. At the time, Jos Buttler and Van der Dussen was batting on 22 off 14 deliveries and allegedly tried to prevent the keeper-batter from reaching the ball, resulting in a heated exchange between the two. The umpires were eventually forced to intervene and break up the brawl.
Buttler vs Van Der Dussen having some heated words. pic.twitter.com/Fov2jLEa78
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 29, 2023
The England captain previously came under scrutiny during the 2019-20 South African tour after a verbal altercation with Vernon Philander. Buttler was fined 15% of his match fee for using obscene language toward South African seamer Philander while the Englishman attempted to gather a throw. The Lancashire cricketer was also docked a demerit point as a result of the incident.
The England team was defeated for the sixth time in a row as the Proteas won the series at Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein, scoring 343 with five wickets to spare. England scored 342-7 in their first innings, thanks to half-centuries from Harry Brook, Moeen Ali, and the captain himself.
Despite a slow start, England has scored 181 runs in their last 20 overs. In response, the home side got off to a fast start, with Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma putting on a 77-run stand in 12 overs. Van der Dussen, who scored a century in the first ODI, batted for 38 balls before being caught by Adil Rashid.
Temba Bavuma fell immediately after his century, but Heinrich Klassen, Aiden Markram, and David Miller played well to help the Proteas win. On Wednesday, February 1, the third and final ODI will be played in Kimberly.
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