Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Warner, De Kock charged

Warner, De Kock charged

Australia vice-captain David Warner is free to play the second Test against South Africa after accepting an ICC charge over an off-field altercation with Quinton de Kock.

CCTV footage from the players tunnel at Kingsmead on Sunday showed Warner and home wicketkeeper De Kock involved in a fiery exchange as players climbed the stairwell to their dressing rooms during the tea break.

The pair only have until Wednesday to respond to the charge, and have both been supported by their teams."What was said and done during that interval was regrettable on both sides", said Australian captain Steven Smith."Quinton got personal and evoked an emotional response from Davey". The 31-year-old was found guilty of a level two offence by the ICC and has decided not to contest the fine, though, he has been allowed to play the next match at Port Elizabeth.

Lehmann said the incident had detracted from what he described as "a great game of cricket", which Australia won by 118 runs.

South Africa's Independent Media claims Warner "led an hour long attack on the field" as de Kock and opener Aiden Markram frustrated the Aussie. But we don't cross the line and bring people's wives and family into the cricket game.

The same charge has been levelled at de Kock but his punishment will be less severe as it is a level-one infraction.

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"I don't know how their team manager can hear from where he's sitting but from where I was, which was right near the whole time, there was nothing we said that was inappropriate".

During the Test series in 2014, the left-handed batsman was fined by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for questioning whether then Proteas captain de Villiers had tampered with the ball during a radio interview after the second Test in Port Elizabeth.

"It's always the same - the players pay the penalty for the stupidity of those above". A suspension point amounts to a ban from one test or two ODIs, or two T20s, whichever come first.

"Gilly - Warner crossed many personal boundaries with the South Africans, so we can't be surprised when there is eventually a reaction", he said.

"When he gets the bit between the teeth he is one of the best cricketers in the world".

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