Trevor Bayliss has expressed the hope that Jos Buttler, the England One-Day International captain for the ongoing tour of Bangladesh, would stay out of trouble after he was given an official warning for his on-field behaviour during the 34-run loss to the home side in the second ODI on Sunday (October 9).
The International Cricket Council cautioned Buttler over his reaction to Mashrafe Mortaza and Sabbir Rahman’s celebrations following his dismissal after a TV review, which proved to be decisive to the outcome of the match.
After England made a poor start in their reply to Bangladesh’s total of 238 for 8, Buttler was threatening to turn the match on its head with a run-a-ball innings of 57. The knock ended when Taskin Ahmed had him lbw on review, leaving England at 123 for 7. They eventually finished on 204.
The verdict triggered lively celebrations in the Bangladesh camp, with several players exchanging words with Buttler as he made his way back to the pavilion, and the batsman turned back and made to walk in the direction of the fielders, forcing the umpires to intervene. Mortaza and Sabbir were fined 20% of their match fees over the incident, while Buttler received an official reprimand from Javagal Srinath, the match referee.
Soon after the match, Buttler regretted having reacted the way he had. “Emotions were running high and obviously (they were) delighted to get the wicket. Maybe I should have just walked off,” he said. “Maybe it’s something in hindsight I was disappointed with the reaction … maybe I should have taken it up (in) a different way.”
The team has since reached Chittagong, the venue for the third and decisive ODI on Wednesday, and Bayliss expected Buttler to be more careful. “It is not the first time we have seen it in international cricket and probably won’t be the last,” he said on Monday. “He (Buttler) got a slap on the wrist and I am sure he will be doing his best to stay out of trouble in the future.”
Bayliss said the electric atmosphere in the subcontinent often brings out extra passion in a tense game. “I think when playing in the subcontinent with the crowds and the heat and that type of thing, some of these things can get out of proportion a little bit,” he argued. “We have got to be on the lookout to make sure it does not distract us from the way we want to play the game and concentrating on what we do.”
Bayliss, however, added that he had nothing against a player standing up for himself and the team in the right way. “I don’t encourage it but that is human nature. The way in which we react and what we might say in those heated situations is what the ICC are trying to crack down on and rightly so,” said Bayliss. “It is in front of a worldwide audience and we are all there as role models for the young kids coming through.
“I have nothing against questioning or standing up for yourself but just the way we do approach it and what we do say.”
The ongoing three-match ODI series is currently locked at 1-1 after England won the first match by 21 runs and Bangladesh levelled the series with the win in the second game.
Bayliss hoped the unpleasant scenes in Dhaka wouldn’t be repeated in Chittagong. “It is a deciding game. I don’t think that incident in the last game will have too much effect,” he said. “They are professional players. They have all been through it before. I think if anyone gets caught up in that type of thing, it will be an advantage to the other team.”