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Bayliss backs Buttler to keep cool

England one-day vice-captain Jos Buttler has been sidelined with a broken thumb.
Bayliss backs Buttler to keep cool
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England head coach Trevor Bayliss hopes Jos Buttler will keep his emotions in check in the heat of the moment after being reprimanded for a heated exchange with Bangladesh fielders.

After being dismissed on review in the second ODI in Dhaka on Sunday, Buttler felt Bangladesh were too excessive in their celebrations and a heated confrontation ensued before umpires intervened to send the England captain on his way.

While Buttler was merely given a warning for breaching level one of the ICC's code of conduct, his opposite number Mashrafe Mortaza and batsman Sabbir Rahman were fined 20 per cent of their match fees for their part in the incident.

However, all three were given one demerit point, as part of the ICC's revised code of conduct which was introduced last month, and should any of them reach four, they face being handed a suspension.

Bayliss has no problems with Buttler, skipper for the three-match series in place of the absent Eoin Morgan, standing up for himself but has urged the 26-year-old not to cross the line.

Bayliss said: "He got a slap on the wrist and I am sure he will be doing his best to stay out of trouble in the future.

"I haven't read the match referee's report but the (Bangladesh players) were fined and Jos was warned for retaliating and that in itself tells a bit of a story. I think Jos wearing the captain's hat was not going to take it lying down."

There was further controversy at the end of the match when the players were shaking hands as Buttler's deputy Ben Stokes seemed to confront Tamim Iqbal.

Reports suggested the Bangladesh batsman had shoulder barged Jonny Bairstow but Bayliss said England's vice-captain for the series was reacting to separate remarks made against the tourists.

Bayliss said: "There were some other comment made, nothing to do with the report. Stokesy to his credit was the one trying to get clarification on what they actually meant. It was not directed at him personally but he was the one standing up for his team-mates."

The disputes took the shine off a fine 34-run victory for Bangladesh and one that sets up a potentially fiery decider at Chittagong on Wednesday.

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