David Warner, Quinton De Kock charged by ICC over first Test row

Tyler Owen
March 9, 2018

A level 2 charge brings with it up to four demerit points that could result in a one-test or two limited-overs game ban.

David Warner has avoided suspension after being charged over his staircase stoush with Quinton de Kock, but bad blood continues to overshadow the four-Test series between Australia and South Africa that resumes on Friday.

Warne's comments have come after a CCTV footage showed Warner and de Kock involved in a heated exchange as the players from both the teams were making their way to the respective dressing rooms during the tea session on the fourth day of the Durban Test.

ICC match referee Jeff Crowe met with Australian and South African team management including Australian coach Darren Lehmann late on Tuesday at the hotel where both sides are staying.

Skipper Steve Smith was among those breaking up the duo and later said that Warner had reacted after De Kock "got personal".

Warner's teammates are shown physically steering him away from De Kock‚ and several South African players emerge from their dressingroom onto a communal landing in response to the audible disturbance.

"Australia vice-captain David Warner and South Africa's Quinton de Kock have been reported for breaching the ICC code of conduct", cricket's governing body said in a statement.

Australia's coach was reluctant to add fuel to the fire, but made it clear the saga hadn't affected Warner's standing as a leader.

"I have never seen him react like he reacted. he is not the sort of bloke who will whinge about being sledged".

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Proteas team manager Mohammed Moosajee suggested Warner got personal in his sledging and "whatever happens out on the field, you giving something you've got to take it".

"Umpires play a big role in that, to make sure that you don't let it get to that stage".

"From what I've heard there was a lot of personal stuff being said, to and from".

"As I went past de Kock he said what he said and luckily I suppose I was there in between", Paine said. That's part and parcel of Test match cricket.

"The cricket is the most important thing".

"We play our best cricket when we're aggressive, we're in the fight together, we're hunting as a pack", Smith said.

"A lot of people like to pretend that they like being in the fight and having verbal stoushes on the cricket field, but Davey is genuinely someone who loves that and thrives on it".

The likes of Graeme Smith and Adam Gilchrist have also weighed in on the incident, with Smith saying that Warner "He can be a bit of a fool at times", while Gilchrist felt that it was "Not a good look all round".

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