Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

ICC charges Warner, De Kock for Durban dispute

ICC charges Warner, De Kock for Durban dispute

But South Africa's wicketkeeper-batsman will claim a moral victory for proving that he was not the cause of an incident involving Australia's David Warner during the first test at Kingsmead on Sunday.

Both players were charged with the same offence after video footage emerged online that showed Warner verbally attacking De Kock as the players left the field for tea on the fourth day.

In addition to this, one demerit point has been added to de Kock's disciplinary record as it was the first offence since the introduction of the revised Code in September 2016.

Level II breaches carry a fine of 50 to 100 per cent of the match fee and/or up to two suspension points, equating to three or four demerit points.

At a hearing on Wednesday evening, the match referee ruled that De Kock would lose 25 per cent of his match fee and have one demerit point against his name.

New footage shows the pair walking from the ground together and Warner is heard to call De Kock a "f****** sook", according to The Australian newspaper, referring to someone who is soft or easily upset.

"The match officials and the ICC govern the game and the umpires on the field must take charge of the game".

While Warner doesn't expect any similar comments to be made in the second Test, which starts on Friday in Port Elizabeth, he made it clear that he will react very differently if the Proteas do end up crossing the line with their on-field remarks.

"I play with aggression on the field and I try not to cross that line and it has been in the past that I have sort of been fiery". "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".

"Unhappy might not be the right word".

"Both sides are going to push the boundaries".

"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". They are there to do a job and they must do their job.

And that all bets are off if whatever is said is something that "I don't believe should have been said".

Gibson recalled the West Indies greats of the past, who "didn't have to (say anything) because they were aggressive with the ball and their body language, and that's what aggression is. Maybe the umpires need to stand up and take control of the game", said the former Windies paceman. I feel like everybody needs to focus on cricket. He doesn't go looking for trouble but if you stir him up, you might just get a bit.

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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