Reports suggest that Quinton de Kock was called a 'bush pig'

Reports suggest that Quinton de Kock was called a ‘bush pig’

The report also suggested that De Kock hit back after the Australians also made remarks about his mother and sister.

Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

The CCTV footage wherein David Warner is seen giving Quinton De Kock a mouthful has attracted a flurry of opinions from both sides. While both teams are crying foul, saying that the opponent was the instigator, reports that have surfaced indicate that Proteas wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock was allegedly called a “bush pig” by the Australians while the Aussies claim that it was the keeper who made a disparaging personal remark.

It was reported on Monday that personal insults were at the root of a row between De Kock and Australia‘s vice-captain during the tea break of the fourth day of the first Test in Durban. After Australia’s 118-run win on Monday, the visitors’ skipper Steve Smith pointed towards De Kock as the instigator since he allegedly made a derogatory remark about Warner’s wide, Candice.

“Those sorts of things are not on from both sides,” Smith said at his post-match press conference. “Getting personal on the field is not on. We were certainly very chirpy out in the field as well. As far as I’m aware, we didn’t get personal towards Quinton.

A bit of fuel has indeed been added to the ongoing war of words

“What he said got a little bit personal towards Davey and, as we saw, it certainly provoked an emotional response.”

However, recent reports indicate that the Australians also got personal with De Kock. Afrikaans website Netwerk24, in response to the Australian media’s allegations against de Kock, also said De Kock was labeled as a “bush pig” by the Australians, while The Guardian in England reported that it was Warner who called De Kock a “bush pig”. The report also suggested that De Kock hit back after the Australians also made remarks about his mother and sister.

South African captain Faf du Plessis too had his say in the war of words between the two sides. He said the umpires needed to ensure proper behavior on the field. “From what I’ve heard there was a lot of personal stuff being said, to and from. Who started it, I don’t know. If it was happening on the field it should have been nipped in the bud. “The fact that it spilled over after the field shouldn’t have happened.”