DURBAN (Reuters) – The International Cricket Council (ICC) are looking into a heated off-field exchange between players on day four of the first test against South Africa in Durban on Sunday.
CCTV footage from the players tunnel at Kingsmead showed Australia vice-captain David Warner and home wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock involved in a fiery exchange as players climbed the stairwell to their dressing rooms during the tea break.
The video shows Warner being restrained by Australia batsman Usman Khawaja and spin bowler Nathan Lyon as he directs a verbal barrage at De Kock, who left the field as South Africa’s not-out batsman at the same time as the Australians.
Video: David Warner’s verbal fight with Quinton de Kock
Statement from South Africa Cricket
“It’s rather unfortunate that the incident took place and certainly not in the spirit of the game,” South Africa’s team manager Mohammed Moosajee told reporters.
“The match referee had spoken to us after the day’s play. We will await any further communication from the ICC around this incident.”
Statement from Cricket Australia
“CA is aware of reports of an incident between players in Durban,” a spokesperson for the Australian governing body said.
“CA is working to establish the facts of what has occurred and will not be commenting further until that has been done.”
About the Match
South Africa were 293 for nine at the close of the fourth day, and on the last day Josh Hazelwood dismissed Quinton de Kock and Australia won the first game of the series and takes a 1-0 lead.