Australia's Paine refutes South African version of player spat

09 March, 2018, 09:43 | Author: Virgil Todd
  • David Warner and Quinton de Kock get in a heated exchange during the tea break on day four of the first test at Kingsmead

However, like Australia captain Steve Smith, Paine pointed out that De Kock instigated the entire incident.

He was docked A$13,500 while De Kock was given one demerit point for his behaviour, which the South Africa team management might probably challenge, considering their continued stance of Warner getting personal with him while he was at the crease.

As the ugly altercation between Australia batsman David Warner and South African wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock is growing into a cricket hot potato, former Australia skipper Shane Warne advised players to stop "whinging" about sledging.

Australia's vice-captain was docked 75 per cent of his match fee and slapped with three demerit points, effectively putting him on a final warning for the next two years.

Bad blood continues to overshadow the four-Test series between Australia and South Africa which resumes on Friday.

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Following the afternoon session on Day four at Kingsmead, Warner and De Kock were involved in a heated exchange of words while walking back to their respective dressing rooms.

CCTV footage emerged on Sunday night showing Warner and de Kock trading verbal barbs before the Australian had to physically restrained by his teammates. A suspension point amounts to a ban from one test or two ODIs, or two T20s, whichever come first. We know what was said and what wasn't.

Du Plessis said on Monday: "All I've heard is there was a lot of personal stuff on the field already, to and from (both sides)".

According to, De Kock has opted to contest the charge and will now face a hearing on Wednesday evening in Port Elizabeth. "People have said if he gives it he is going to have to take it, all that sort of rubbish, which is fine on the field, but when you are bringing people's families or wives into it it's unacceptable". "They've stated as well that we play a pretty similar style of cricket", he said. Certainly it's hard, and we like to make them feel uncomfortable out there.

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