Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

David Warner and Quinton de Kock fined after clash during first Test

David Warner and Quinton de Kock fined after clash during first Test

Australia vice-captain David Warner has finally revealed what transpired between him and South Africa wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock outside the Kingsmead dressing rooms during the fourth day of the first Test in Durban.

With their counterparts firing on all cylinders, South Africa's bowlers can ill-afford any lapses in Port Elizabeth but they can take heart from restricting Australia's stars Warner and Steve Smith.

Warner was fined 75% of his match fee for that incident, but it means that he has escaped suspension and will be able to play in Port Elizabeth.

We were excited, it was a big moment in the game, he's one of the best players to ever play the game and to get him out with a guy at the other end who hasn't really played much Test match cricket, we're going to celebrate those moments. Match Referee Jeff Crowe will adjudicate on the matter.

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"I've been called everything under the sun out on the field and that‚ quite frankly‚ doesn't bother me". Equally, Australia's on-field conduct has come under severe scrutiny over the years with players saying in the past they are willing to "head-butt the line", particularly during heated series such as the Ashes and clashes with India. De Kock faces a level one charge that brings with it a maximum penalty of a fine and demerit points, but his participation in the second test is not in danger.

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"I play with aggression on the field and I try not to cross that line and it has been in the past that I have sort of been fiery".

"If things are happening in the game and things are being said, and if it's within earshot - if the player is standing at point or wherever he is fielding, surely the umpires can hear. It's a big game for us, and we need to make sure that cricket does the talking". It's pretty obvious to me that the more you allow to be said on the field, the higher the chance that something personal will be said, and if it gets personal, you've got a situation on your hands.

"When they hear things, they must take charge and don't leave it to: "oh, we didn't cross the line".

Gibson recalled the West Indies greats of the past, who "didn't have to (say anything) because they were aggressive with the ball and their body language, and that's what aggression is". They are there to do a job and they must do their job.

Gibson added: "I think everybody just needs to focus on cricket". Cricket has got to be the victor, so it's just about staying in line, continuing to play good, hard cricket.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis says his side could target David Warner with the aim of getting the Australian suspended in the second Test.

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