'Personal insults' sparked Warner-De Kock fracas

David Warner and Quinton de Kock involved in dressing room altercation

Match referee Jeff Crowe and the International Cricket Council continue to probe the ugly episode, but it's understood it was sparked when de Kock made disparaging comments about Warner's wife.

"The incident was discussed between the two team managers and the match referee last night and it is now in the hands of the on-field umpires and the match referee." added the statement.

In the past, South Africa's players have made the mistake of complaining about Australia's sledging to the media, starting with Graeme Smith's revealing interview to Sports Illustrated in 2002, through to du Plessis describing them like a "pack of dogs" in 2014 and Dale Steyn's public refusal to forgive Michael Clarke for personal comments made on the field during that same tour. We were certainly very chirpy out in the field as well.

"From what I've heard there was a lot of personal stuff being said, to and from".

Smith's tweeted: "Gilly- Warner crossed many personal boundaries with the South Africans, so we can't be surprised when there is eventually a reaction".

"I think they'll be trying to nag him in the next three Test matches about his wife now, or they'll try and say something concerning Candice in the next three Test matches which is slightly getting under David Warner's skin". Those things are not on; you can't be getting into someone's personal life like that.

'Both teams were reminded by the match referee of the spirit in which the game should be played'.

Warner‚ who played a role in the dismissal of South Africa's key batsman AB de Villiers‚ is clearly seen to be remonstrating with De Kock on the way up the stairs.

"Quinton got personal and evoked an emotional response from Davey - Smith. It's best just to let him be". The CCTV footage was leaked when the Australian cricketer was continuously swaying words at his counterpart.

Proteas team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee said the matter was now sitting with the match official but said De Kock was on the initial receiving end of the personal verbal attacks.

"Quinny's fine ... when you look at him now, it's like nothing happened".

"As far as I'm aware, we didn't get personal towards Quinton".

"If you chirp each other it's always on the field".

"I wasn't personally involved but it is what it is‚" Du Plessis said.

Keen not to see an argument unfold, Gilchrist replied: "Hey Biff, you're much closer to the action than me so thanks for heads up".

Meanwhile, Nathan Lyon was charged with Level 1 offence by the ICC for his ball-drop send-off to AB de Villiers.

De Kock resumed in the middle on Monday at 81 together with Morne Morkel who was still yet to score after facing 27 deliveries.



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