Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Warner escapes ban, fined for De Kock altercation

Warner escapes ban, fined for De Kock altercation

Australia vice-captain David Warner has finally revealed what transpired between him and South Africa wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock outside the Kingsmead dressing rooms during the fourth day of the first Test in Durban.

De Kock was found to have breached Article 2.1.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to "conduct that brings the game into disrepute", following an altercation with Australia vice-captain David Warner on Sunday, which was caught on CCTV.

McMillan also spoke to Sport24 earlier this week when he urged the Proteas to rather focus on their cricket ahead of Friday's second Test in Port Elizabeth.

'I've been called everything under the sun out on the field and that, quite frankly, doesn't bother me. "They are saying they didn t cross the line, but where is the line, who sets the line, where did the line come from?"

"I think at the time when it was actually said, I think I was probably the only person that heard it".

According to the Australians, de Kock later made an "unacceptable" comment about Warner's wife Candice as they walked through the players' tunnel - sparking an ugly fracas that has already been exposed in video footage.

"I'd like to see those above him suspended for sanctioning it".

"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. Maybe the umpires need to stand up and take control of the game", said the former Windies paceman. "I'd take an appropriate stance and make sure that matters are taken off field away and spoken about in a quiet room, and make sure we can deal with it that way".

That's from someone who didn't "look [match referee Jeff Crowe] in the eye and say" what he had said because he declined a hearing where such details would have had to be disclosed. They are there to do a job and they must do their job.

"People have said if he gives it he is going to have to take it, all that sort of rubbish, which is fine on the field but when you are bringing people's families or wives into it, it's unacceptable".

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 what would have happened to be honest, but he was certainly extremely fired up and he had every right to be", Paine said.

"There's this thing and I have seen it recently now about the line", said Gibson. "I'm just relieved to be able to get back on the park and move on".

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