Stop whinging, Warne says as Warner row heats up

Ross Houston
March 7, 2018

Security camera footage that emerged online on Monday shows Warner in an angry altercation with De Kock as the teams were walking up the stairs to the dressingroom at Kingsmead during the tea interval on the fourth day of the first Test.

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

Warner got a level two charge and the South African wicket-keeper was handed a level one offence.

He could also be fined 100 percent of his match fee from the first test.


Warner is heard calling South Africa's wicketkeeper-batsman a "f***ing sook".

De Kock has been charged with a level-one infraction, meaning his punishment will be less severe.

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

Warner also earned three demerit points - one short of what would have seen him barred from playing in the second test at St George's Park on Friday. "As far as I am aware we didn't get personal toward Quinton", Smith said in the post-match press conference.


The teams have been given time until tomorrow to respond to the charges.

Is there really a bias towards New South Welshmen in the Australian cricket team? Certainly it's hard, and we like to make them feel uncomfortable out there.

"And it never really gets out of line either, not a lot of swearing or things like that happen".

Asked whether the issues with the way the Australians used verbal tactics to unsettle opponents were based on cultural disconnects between countries, Paine pointed out that South Africa's style had always been considered the most similar to his own side's.


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

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