SA vs Australia: David Warner fined but cleared for 2nd Test

Tanya Simon
March 8, 2018

CCTV footage of the passageway leading to the dressing rooms showed David Warner being physically restrained and shouting at de Kock, who did not respond.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has charged Australia vice-captain David Warner with 75 percent of his match fee for breaching the code of conduct in a highly-charged first test against South Africa in Durban.

Footage of the incident showed Warner apparently having to be pulled away from De Kock by team-mates Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja.

It has been reported that Warner had called De Kock a "bush pig" and made derogatory statements about his mother and sister, while De Kock is believed to have responded with a "vile remark" about Warner's wife.

Four would have resulted in him missing the second Test, which starts in Port Elizabeth on Friday, and receiving another demerit point will see him suspended.

Australia's 118-run victory in Durban was marred by incredible leaked footage of the fracas, with match referee Jeff Crowe then forced to sift through claim and counter-claim regarding the incident.

Former Australia test opener Ed Cowan announced his immediate retirement from worldwide cricket Wednesday, leaving the game with more than 10,000 first-class runs and 25 centuries from 143 matches over 14 years.

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Had Warner fronted up he might have been banned from playing in the second test at St George's Park on Friday.

De Kock's charge was a level one offence‚ which carried a maximum penalty of a 50% fine and two demerit points.

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

"If things are happening in the game and things are being said and if it s within earshot - if the player is standing at point or wherever he is fielding, surely the umpires can hear".

That the saga‚ while a distraction to both teams‚ has been concluded without significant impact to either side will be welcomed by cricket aficionados. "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".

Although both teams have confirmed that there was verbal aggression on the field, the on-field umpires did not report anything, evoking scepticism from Gibson.

"We will need to take a lot more responsibility with the bat". They are there to do a job and they must do their job.

Former West Indies player Gibson added: "I think everybody just needs to focus on cricket".

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