Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

David Warner Cleared to Play Second Test After Accepting ICC Sanction

David Warner Cleared to Play Second Test After Accepting ICC Sanction

The development comes after video footage from a stairwell leading into the players' dressing rooms during the first Test in Durban showed Warner being restrained by his teammates during a spat with De Kock.

David Warner has avoided suspension but copped a fine of approximately $13,500 after being charged over his staircase stoush with Quinton de Kock.

Warner was given a Level 2 breach of the ICC's code of conduct for bringing the game into disrepute, which can warrant up to four demerit points and a subsequent automatic suspension for one Test.

"He is very good at getting under their skin and its been clear in the first Test that he has been able to do that".

South Africa's manager Mohammed Moosajee claims Warner peppered de Kock with personal barbs during play.

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David Warner Cleared to Play Second Test After Accepting ICC Sanction

The war of words between Australia and South Africa - itself a product of a war of words between Warner and de Kock - has escalated quickly. "As far as I'm aware, we didn't get personal towards Quinton", Smith said before adding, "What he said got a little bit personal towards Davey and, as we saw, it certainly provoked an emotional response".

Team management have confirmed De Kock will contest his charge.

The heated exchange between the two players took near the dressing rooms during tea on Day 4 of the Durban Test.

De Kock can't be banned but he will also be burdened in the future by demerit points unless his team successfully appeal. We know what was said and what wasn't.

The confrontation was so severe that Australian wicketkeeper Tim Paine had to calm Warner down, while batsman Usman Khawaja held him back. Certainly it's hard, and we like to make them feel uncomfortable out there. "I think at the time when it was actually said [about Warner's wife], I think I was probably the only person that heard it", Paine said in Port Elizabeth on tuesday.

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