Warner escapes ban, fined for De Kock altercation

CCTV footage shows David Warner abusing Quinton de Kock at the tea break on day four

CCTV footage shows David Warner abusing Quinton de Kock at the tea break on day four

Australia team manager Gavin Dovey and South African counterpart Mohammed Moosaje met with match referee Jeff Crowe on Tuesday to hear the findings, but now have until Wednesday (EDT) to respond.

A level 2 charge brings with it up to four demerit points that could result in a one-test or two limited-overs game ban.

Australian vice-captain David Warner and South Africa's wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock traded barbs out in the middle and continued the conflict on the way to the changing rooms.

Australia, meanwhile, accepted Warner's Level 2 charge, which equated to three demerit points and 75 percent of his match fee.

Australia's vice-captain was docked three-quarters of his match fee and slapped with three demerit points, effectively putting him on a final warning for the next two years.

The likes of Graeme Smith and Adam Gilchrist have also weighed in on the incident, with Smith saying that Warner "He can be a bit of a fool at times", while Gilchrist felt that it was "Not a good look all round".

Warner had to be restrained by his teammates after De Kock allegedly made unsavory comments about his wife Candice Warner.

"Respect is the key & I hope nothing personal was said to any player towards anyone from either side".

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Footage emerged on Wednesday of Warner calling de Kock a "f.ing sook" as players filed off the field at tea on day four of the first test.

"I cop it left, right and centre, especially off the field from spectators and I'm used to that and it doesn't bother me", Warner told local media ahead of the second Test in Port Elizabeth.

Lehmann was talkingafter an acrimonious ending to the first Test in Durban after leaked closed-circuit television footage showed a confrontation between David Warner and Quinton de Kock.

Gibson would not comment on whether de Kock was entirely silent, and neither would several team sources, only for the man himself to admitt he had answered back.

"Then walking up the stairs and saying "I didn't say anything" as soon as the rest of his teammates came out".

It means the Aussie vice-captain may be forced to tone down his on-field presence in the second Test in Port Elizabeth starting on Friday.

"The match officials are there to do a job and to govern the game on the field, and off the field I guess". When they hear things, they must take charge and don't leave it to: oh, we didn't cross the line. He also scored 136 when Australia beat South Africa at the Gabba in 2012, his only Test century. We just feel that the umpires are there to do a job and they must do their job. "Maybe the umpires need to stand up and take control of the game", said the former Windies paceman. "Just calm down and listen and focus on cricket".

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