England batsman Jos Buttler is facing a reprimand from the ICC after a vulgar message on his bat was picked up by television cameras.
During day three of England’s Test against Pakistan, cameras picked up the message ‘f**k it’ on the top of Butler’s bat handle.
Images of the bat handle were shared widely on social media, with many punters finding the crude message hilarious.
However the incident may not be so funny to Butler if he faces punishment from the ICC, who demand “personal messages” to be pre-approved by the governing body.
Butler has been in sensational form for England since returning from the IPL.
England drew their series with Pakistan with victory in the second Test at Headingley.
As well as drawing the series 1-1, England ended an alarming sequence of six defeats in eight Tests – which had put coach Trevor Bayliss under pressure.
While the Australian spoke in a broadcast interview of perhaps reminding England preemptively in future of “what it’s like to be embarrassed” when they lose, as they did so badly in the first Test at Lord’s, Root was wary of getting carried away with one overdue success.
“It’s very important we don’t paper over the cracks and think this is going to be us (sorted) forever,” he said.
“We have to make sure we don’t find ourselves in those positions like last week.
“I’m thrilled to bits. (But) we know we’re not the finished article – this is the first step towards our goal.”
England answered the rallying call issued by Root before his home Test.
“I asked the guys to play with pride … and you saw that on the field,” he said, acknowledging that pre-match criticism from pundits, including Michael Vaughan’s criticism for Broad, might have played its part too.
“I think an element of that comes out through criticism.
“You want to prove people wrong, and you have to have that within you to play at this level.
“We had to show a lot of character. I asked a lot of things of them, and everything I asked was delivered.
“Ultimately, you can’t ask for more as a captain.”