Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

SAvAUS: Warner to continue as Australia vice-captain

SAvAUS: Warner to continue as Australia vice-captain

The International Cricket Council confirmed that the Australian batsman was found guilty of breaching Level 2 of the ICC's Code of Conduct, when he got into a verbal spat with the South African wicketkeeper during the tea break of the fourth day of the Test.

The CCTV footage shows Warner being restrained by teammates Usman Khawaja and Nathan Lyon before being persuaded to go into the dressing room by Smith.

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. While Warner was charged with a Level 2 offence that could see a one-match ban, de Kock got just Level 1 charges, which should be at most a fine.

Match referee Jeff Crowe has reported both Warner and de Kock for bringing the game into disrepute, with both sides yet to respond to the charges.

In that sense, Warner faces a possible suspension from the second Test in Port Elizabeth and he could also be fined 100 per cent of his match fee from the first Test.

Whilst all of them walked off ignoring the batsmen, Warner couldn't resist a dig at De Kock, calling him a "sook".

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SAvAUS: Warner to continue as Australia vice-captain

"When you are bringing people's families or wives into it it's unacceptable".

"He's vice-captain of the Australian cricket team", said Lehmann.

It is unclear whether South Africa will argue de Kock had never made a derogatory comment about Warner's wife or he had been provoked by Australia's vice-captain. "I don't know how their team manager [Mohammed Moosajee] can hear from where he's sitting, but from where I was, which was right nearby the whole time, there was nothing we said that was inappropriate". Fast bowler Mitchell Starc was also seen involved in heated exchanges with Markram on the field on day Four in Durban.

"We spoke about cricket stuff and a few little things with his fitness".

"We're certainly supporting David".

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