Sunday, 22 April, 2018

Stop whinging, says Warne over Warner-De Kock sledging row

South African batsman AB de Villiers celebrates after reaching 100 on day three ASHLEY VLOTMAN GETTY IMAGES South African batsman AB de Villiers celebrates after reaching 100 on day three
Kristopher Love | 07 March, 2018, 19:15

CCTV footage showed Warner apparently turning on De Kock as the players walked up a narrow staircase leading to the dressing rooms during the tea break on Sunday.

Earlier, the Australian captain, Steve Smith had accused de Kock of instigating the heated argument between the two players.

He was docked A$13,500 while De Kock was given one demerit point for his behaviour, which the South Africa team management might probably challenge, considering their continued stance of Warner getting personal with him while he was at the crease.

Warner and de Kock were both charged with conduct "that brings the game into disrepute" by the International Cricket Council for their roles in an ugly off-field scrap during the first Test in Durban.

Warner is not the only Australian player to be punished by the ICC following what was a tempestuous 118-run victory in Durban.

South Africa may take a similar view but are yet to reveal whether they will appeal de Kock's punishment.

Paine added that had Warner been able to get any closer to De Kock, there was no telling what he would have done.

"(It was) something inappropriate. when you are bringing people's families or wives into it, it's unacceptable", Paine told reporters in Port Elizabeth.

But Warner has accepted a sanction of three points, meaning he's free to play in the second Test in Port Elizabeth, which starts on Friday.

"I don't know how their team manager can hear from where he's sitting".

De Kock can't be banned but he will also be burdened in the future by demerit points unless his team successfully appeal.

"Our stuff is the way we've always played our cricket", he said.

But Australian wicketkeeper Tim Paine has criticised South Africa about the allegations levelled at Warner saying the accusations were "blatantly untue".

The fourth day wasn't the first time that Warner had come under the radar.