Published: Mon, March 05, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Cricketers Warner and De Kock ugly spat caught on CCTV

Cricketers Warner and De Kock ugly spat caught on CCTV

The footage showed Warner pointing and directing a verbal barrage at De Kock before he was restrained and pulled away by his team-mates.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis then emerges from the dressing room area wearing just a towel around his waist to apparently try and calm the situation. Australia's captain Steven Smith said de Kock's words to Warner were "personal" and "crossed the line" between what is acceptable and what is not, but also stressed that he did not believe the vice-captain had said anything personal to de Kock to instigate the exchange.

"Right now that's in the hands of the match officials and right now‚ we want to see the game being played in a good‚ hard way and in the spirit of the game".

While on-field comments meant to unsettle the opposition are common in test cricket, and even has a term dedicated to it - "sledging" - the exchange between Warner and de Kock appears to have got personal, with family members brought into it. "As far as I'm aware we didn't get personal towards Quinton", Smith said after his side's 118-run win.

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"Our tail played really well which was probably the difference", Steve Smith said. The fiery altercation took place at the time on the fourth day of the first Test against South Africa.

Lyon is not the only Australian, who could be fined as Warner can still be called upon to explain his actions after video footage of his charging at Quinton de Kock was released.

In a statement issued by Cricket South Africa on Monday, team manager Mohammed Moosajee said: "It's rather unfortunate that the incident took place and certainly not in the spirit of the game".

After the day's play and reviewing the incident, match referee Jeff Crowe made a decision to charge Lyon with conduct contrary to spirit of cricket - a level one offence.

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The Australians had earlier been criticised for their ebullient celebration of the dramatic run-out of Proteas' star batsman AB de Villiers. However, in the moment of joy, Lyon didn't notice De Villiers' position and dropped the ball on him while he was lying on the ground.

Opener Aiden Markram (143) and De Kock (83) put up South Africa's main resistance but could not prevent defeat, with Australia pace bowler Starc finishing with match figures of 9-109.

Yet, despite the embarrassing incident and the clearly bitter feel to the four-test contest now, there was no sign that the sledging would slow down. I think they'll be trying to nag him in the next three Test matches about his wife now, or they'll try and say something concerning Candice in the next three Test matches which is slightly getting under David Warner's skin. "We're in the fight together, we're hunting as a pack, we're working for each other and backing our mates on the field. that's part of being an Australian in my opinion".

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