ICC upholds De Kock sanction following Warner fracas

Nathan Lyon was reprimanded David Warner wasn’t for their reactions to the run out of AB de Villiers

Nathan Lyon was reprimanded David Warner wasn’t for their reactions to the run out of AB de Villiers

Australian vice-captain David Warner has broken his silence about what South Africa's wicketkeeper batsman Quinton de Kock said to him while walking up the stairway towards the players' dressing room during the tea interval on Day 4 of the first Test at Kingsmead in Durban on Sunday.

South Africa took a different view, confirming they would contest de Kock's charge.

Instead Warner accepted his level two charge of bringing the game into disrepute and was hit with a fine of 75% of his match fee and three demerit points.

Asked whether there would be talks between the two sides in a bid to reduce hostilities, Lehmann said: "I'm sure the coaches will chat and the captains will chat and we'll get away to play the game".

Australia's 118-run victory in Durban was marred by incredible leaked footage of the fracas, with match referee Jeff Crowe then forced to sift through claim and counter-claim regarding the incident.

Another video surfaced on Wednesday that showed Warner repeatedly calling De Kock a "sook", which is Australian slang for somebody that is perceived to be soft. I've been called everything under the sun out the field and that, quite frankly, doesn't bother me.

Warner faces a possible suspension from the second test in Port Elizabeth.

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Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 percent of a player's match fee, and one or two demerit points. There's this thing and I have seen it recently now about the line. "The reversing ball is going all right this season but there's maybe a little bit of work to do with the new ball and getting a few more early wickets", he said.

He also declared Warner was not, as he sometimes stands accused, a player who could dish out sledging but not take it.

That the saga‚ while a distraction to both teams‚ has been concluded without significant impact to either side will be welcomed by cricket aficionados.

"For me, it's probably more about your presence as a player than the stuff that comes out of your mouth", he said.

"When they hear things, they must take charge and don't leave it to: "oh, we didn't cross the line". Quinny wasn't aggressive", Gibson said. They are there to do a job and they must do their job. I feel like everybody needs to focus on cricket. "I'm just relieved to be able to get back on the park and move on".

In a tense first Test Warner also came under scrutiny for his wild celebration to the run out of AB de Villiers in South Africa's second innings, delivering a fierce verbal spray in the direction of the other batsman involved in the mid-pitch confusion, Aiden Markram.

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