Home English Warner, de Kock charged for dispute during Durban Test.
Australia vice-captain David Warner and South Africa batsman Quinton de Kock were charged by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday for their heated off-field exchange on the fourth day of the first Test in Durban.
CCTV footage from the players’ tunnel at Kingsmead on Sunday showed Warner and wicketkeeper de Kock involved in a fiery exchange as players climbed the stairwell to their dressing rooms during the tea break.
“The umpires officiating in the Durban Test have reported Warner for a level 2 offence and De Kock for a level 1 offence for ‘conduct that brings the game into disrepute’,” the ICC said in a statement on their website.
The teams have been given until Wednesday to respond to the charges handed out by match referee Jeff Crowe.
Warner faces a possible suspension from the second Test in Port Elizabeth. A level 2 charge brings with it up to four demerit points that could result in a one-Test or two limited-overs game ban.
He could also be fined 100 percent of his match fee from the first Test.
Australia won the opening Test of the four-match series by 118 runs. The second Test begins on March 9.