Butt also played three Test matches for England on their tour to South Africa in 1895-1896. He later went on to become an umpire, and stood in that role in six Tests. His popularity was such that when he retired as an umpire due to ill-health, the County captains wrote to the Secretary of the Marylebone Cricket Club asking him to write to Butt to express their regret at the cause.
Butt, a short man, was Sussex"s wicket-keeper for twenty years.
He was awarded two benefits: the matches between Sussex and Yorkshire at Hove in 1900, and between Sussex and Middlesex at Lord"s in 1928.