Jos Buttler’s feud with Bangladesh – who started it?

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Jos Buttler of England bats during the Royal London One-Day Series 2014 match at Lord's Cricket Ground, London Picture date Saturday 31st May, 2014. Picture by Sarah Ansell. Contact +447860 461617

Jos Buttler is not an overtly angry man. Few batsmen better expose the fallacy that attacking cricket and on-field aggression are somehow symbiotically linked.

As a batsman, Buttler demolishes via controlled explosions. He delivers a series of well-timed detonations and more often than not, the opposition implodes. Yet as a bloke, he makes you recalibrate the entry criteria for ‘softly-spoken’. It seems almost too obvious to point out, but his demeanour is as placid and undemonstrative as the professionals from whom he illiterately takes his surname.


In the second one-day international against Bangladesh, Buttler misplaced his rag. It’s usually as ever-present as that tatty red one Steve Waugh used to keep in his pocket, but when the Bangladesh players celebrated his wicket at him, he moved towards them and gobbed off rather than exiting the stage in silence.

At the post-match press conference, Buttler apparently suggested there was ‘history’ between himself and Bangladesh, but didn’t elaborate on that. This is the smartest thing to do because that way fans of both teams can conclude that the other side is in the wrong and everything can escalate until it no longer matters what precipitated the hatred, it only matters what happened most recently.

If you’re wondering what did happen most recently, it’s either Tamim Iqbal spurning Buttler’s handshake or Ben Stokes’ reaction to that, depending on which side of the argument you want to position yourself. The person who uploaded the YouTube video entitled Shame on Stokes: Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler Have Dishonest Behaviour With Tamim Iqbal is, we’ll assume, a Bangladesh fan.

There is a cricket angle to this too, by the way

Buttler also said, “Maybe you don’t know me as well as you think you do,” when asked whether this was the first time he’d lost his temper playing for England. That may be so, but it’s also fairly obvious that up until now he’s done a grand job of maintaining an unflustered exterior.

Whatever the cause, this was a plain old loss of control and anyone who thinks Combative Jos will be more effective than Glacial Jos clearly hasn’t been paying attention.



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  1. Where’s Neil Wagner to run in hard all day when you need him? India’s score has increased by at least 50% for the loss of half as many wickets in his absence.

  2. There are clearly two sides to this player; we might call it The Strange Case of Jos Buttler.

    Until yesterday we were accustomed to Jos’s Dr Jekyll side; gentle, polite and with an infeasible double-consonant in his surname to arouse suspicion that all is not…exactly…butler-like.

    Yesterday we saw Jos’s Mr Hyde side. We need a similarly aptronymic moniker for Jos’s more aggressive, edgy and combative personality.

    I suggest Jos Stick.

    1. Jos-takovich?

      According to Wikipedia:

      “A poly-stylist, Jostakovich developed a hybrid voice, combining a variety of different musical techniques into his music. “

    1. Bizarre and faintly (very) uncomfortable to read about oneself. It made us feel a bit like an obscure band who are critically-lauded but who no-one actually listens to.

      We’re delighted with the “sense of sitting at the match, mid-afternoon, slightly pissed, talking drivel with friends,” though as that’s pretty much what we always had in mind.

    2. Wow, mentioned, honoured. for the pedantry, drivel and perhaps a westcountry angle. Not everyone can contribute insightful, well-argued opinions on the modern game and the plethora of issues that surround it. Imagine that! That’s a crowded marketplace.

  3. Hello! Weirdly, I am here to comment on the nice blog post that is linked in the comments. King, what was more uncomfortable, reading about yourself, or coming to our wedding having never met either of us?

    1. Reading about ourself. At least with someone else’s wedding you can feel confident that you aren’t in any way the centre of attention.

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