It was tea on day four of the first Test, with the Aussies returning back to the dressing room after desperately trying and failing to break the partnership between Markram and De Kock. And this is where things got nasty between Australian vice-captain David Warner and Quinton De Kock, as both started throwing barbs at each other.
According to a CCTV footage taken from Kingsmead’s tunnel, Warner is reportedly seen pointing and directing a verbal barrage at De Kock before he was restrained and pulled away by his team-mates. Further, reports revealed that Warner had allegedly called De Kock a “bush pig” and a “sook,” which in return provoked the South African keeper to make comments involving Warner’s wife.
Warner’s behavior came under the spotlight earlier on the fourth day when he ran out AB de Villiers after a mix-up with Markram with him then yelling in Markram’s direction during the celebration. Warner was not charged for that incident, but Nathan Lyon was because the bowler had dropped the ball in de Villiers’ vicinity.
Following the Incident, Warner has been charged with level 2 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct and was charged with 75% of his match fee along with 3 demerit points, while De Kock has been charged with level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct and will reportedly contest the charges laid against him.
Meanwhile, former Australian cricketer Ian Chappell has claimed that captain Steven Smith and coach Darren Lehmann should be held accountable for encouraging David Warner’s aggressive on-field behaviour. Speaking to Australia’s Channel Nine, Chappell said, “A suspension would be appropriate because you need to stamp it out from the top down. But Warner gets the suspension, and while he’s responsible for his own actions and words, he’s being allowed to do it by people above him. I’d like to see those above him suspended for sanctioning it. If you start taking strong action like that then you’ll get some sanity. It’s always the same – the players pay the penalty for the stupidity of those above. Warner is being encouraged to be the attack dog.”