Warner involved in heated exchange with de Kock

Warner involved in heated exchange with de Kock

Warner involved in heated exchange with de Kock

The video of the incident shows Warner gesturing and talking to his opponent in the stairwell before the Australian vice-captain is held back and eventually dragged into the dressing room away from de Kock.

"It's rather unfortunate that the incident took place and certainly not in the spirit of the game", said South Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee.

However, Warner remains in hot water as match referee Jeff Crowe has until midnight on Wednesday (AEDT) to level charges.

"I'm not going to say nothing will ever happen again but as far as I'm concerned we've just got to try and play within the spirit of the game".

Interestingly, South Africa batsman Aiden Markram and Australia wicketkeeper Tim Paine, who both were present during the Warner-de Kock confrontation on the staircase, said later the same day that there was nothing out-of-hand with the on-field verbals.

Cricket Australia (CA) said it was also looking into the incident. "CA is working to establish the facts of what has occurred and will not be commenting further".

According to Du Plessis, De Kock was unaffected by the incident.

Steve Smith told Sennews, that "There were a few regrettable things from both sides".

However, the crux of the matter was unknown by Cricket Australia (CA).

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Warner was not charged for that incident, but Nathan Lyon was, as the bowler appeared to drop the ball close to de Villiers while he lay on the ground.

While on-field comments meant to unsettle the opposition are common in test cricket, and even has a term dedicated to it - "sledging" - the exchange between Warner and de Kock appears to have got personal, with family members brought into it. I think they'll be trying to nag him in the next three Test matches about his wife now, or they'll try and say something concerning Candice in the next three Test matches which is slightly getting under David Warner's skin.

Warner's comments were not picked up on the host broadcaster's stump microphones but he and Lyon could potentially come under the microscope if match officials believe that they breached article 2.1.7 which relates to "using language‚ actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an International Match".

Former Proteas skipper, Graeme Smith, did not enjoy the manner it was all played out and has asked the side to pay less heed to Warner.

"What was said was personal and we don't want to see that happening any more".

"I'm certainly not sitting here and complaining about it".

"All I've heard is there was a lot of personal stuff on the field already".

"Every single match you play against Australia‚ you expect it".

Those who follow cricket especially Australian cricket know about their aggression and involving in verbal spats with their opponents.

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