CAPE TOWN- Australian batsman David Warner has escaped a Test ban and will instead been fined 75 percent (R160 000) of his match fee and receive three demerit points following his altercation with Proteas batsman Quinton de Kock at Kingsmead on Sunday.
Reports earlier in the week surfaced that the two batsmen traded personal insults after during the first test in Durban.
CCTV footage showed Warner turning to De Kock as the players walked up a narrow staircase leading to the dressing rooms at the start of the tea interval at Kingsmead.
Reports did say that De Kock was the instigator of the insults, but the Australians also chirped back with their own personal insults. Reports from Netwerk24 alleged that the Aussies, called him “push pig”
A video released by Fox News in Australia, Warner is seen calling De Kock a “f***ing sook”.
Warner on Wednesday sat before the disciplinary committee which included match referee Jeff Crowe and Australian team management
He accepted a three demerit points, a 75% fine of his match fee, meaning he will be able to play in the second test in Port Elizabeth.
The second test between South Africa and Australia gets underway on Friday at St. George’s Park at 10:00.
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