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Australian cricket team wicket-keeper Tim Paine has said that claims that they went too far whilst sledging Quinton de Kock are ‘completely false

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South Africa and Australia have been having a go at each other on the field and off it as well ever since the four-match Test series began last week. They were made to taunt Candice Warner - nee Falzon - about her drunken sexual encounter with the All Black in the bathroom of a Sydney pub in 2007.

South Africa: Faf du Plessis (captain), Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock (wkt), Theunis de Bruyn, Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi.

Later, the main competition has started and now in the 2nd Test match, Australia got packaged in 243 runs in the first innings. Warner's and de Kock's confrontation wasn't the only heated moment in the opening test, which was characterized by an aggressive fielding display by Australia and a series of verbal exchanges between the teams.

That's from someone who did not "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.

"The umpire was saying he can't hear any more because of us", Cole Ingram from the band told SEN Radio. This week we probably went outside the boundaries on a couple of occasions and that's not what we are about.

"The ball was quite hard and swinging in, it felt like we were in the game for a nick the whole day".

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However, the action was overshadowed by events away from the pitch, including Cricket South Africa issuing an apology to Cricket Australia after an incident involving two of their employees being photographed with fans wearing Sonny Bill Williams masks in an apparent attempt to embarrass David Warner.

"But, once again, for me it's more about your presence as a player than the stuff that comes out of your mouth". "South Africa batted extremely well to get through that period when the ball was reverse swinging and then we got our rewards later in the day", added Marsh.

"They just signalled that we should stop playing".

Smith had raised eyebrows at the toss with his decision to bat in what were clearly bowling conditions but stated that if the batsmen could get through the first hour a big first innings score is on the cards.

He has the second-best figures (13 for 144) by a South African bowler in a Test match, behind Makhaya Ntini's 13 for 132, and is the joint-third fastest South African as well as the youngest South African to 100 Test wickets. You don't be like that if you not at your best mentally all the time.

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