A rather nervy day of play in the first Test between South Africa and Australia at Kingsmead on Sunday ended with tension spilling off the field as Proteas wicketkeeper, Quinton de Kock got into it with the visiting vice captain, David Warner.
The incident, which occurred in the player’s tunnel as both teams walked off after the fourth day’s play, was caught on CCTV. In the footage, an angry looking Warner can be seen in a heated confrontation with De Kock, forcing teammate, Usman Khawaja to usher him away.
Although unclear when tensions between the two players might have begun, earlier during the day’s play Warner displayed some rather questionable behaviour with his exaggerated celebration of AB de Villiers’ wicket as he got into the star batsman’s batting partner Aiden Markram’s face after a mix-up which led to a run out.
Cricket Australia (CA) issued a statement regarding the incident, saying they are investigating to establish facts regarding the matter.
“CA is aware of reports of an incident between players in Durban,” the statement reads.
“CA is working to establish the facts of what occurred and will not be commenting until this has been done.”
Cricket South Africa also addressed the incident, saying it was not in the spirit of the game.
“It’s rather unfortunate that the incident took place and certainly not in the spirit of the game,” said Proteas team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee.
“The match referee has spoken to us after the day’s play. We will await any further communication from the ICC around this incident.”
Watch the Warner vs De Kock confrontation in video below:
The Proteas went into the final day of the first Test in a rather precarious position as they only have one wicket in hand at 293/9, chasing a mammoth target of 417.
De Kock resumed in the middle on Monday at 81 together with Morne Morkel who was still yet to score after facing 27 deliveries.
It took Australia 18 minutes and 22 balls to claim the last South African wicket when De Kock swung across the line and was leg before wicket to Josh Hazlewood for an otherwise defiant 83.
South Africa were bowled out for 298, adding five runs to their overnight total of 293 for nine
The win gave Australia a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.
Earlier on Sunday, Markram and De Kock put together a stand of 147 for the sixth wicket, taking the hosts from 136/5 to 283 before the former was caught behind by Tim Paine off the bowling of Mitchell Marsh for a career best 143, his third Test century in only his seventh match.
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