Shane Warne has his say on Warner-De Kock altercation

Shane Warne has his say on Warner-De Kock altercation

The incident is in the hands of match referee Jeff Crowe and being investigated by ICC and Cricket Australia.

Shane Warne
Shane Warne of the Channel Nine commentary team watches on. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

With the David Warner-Quinton de Kock altercation during the First Test between South Africa and India at Durban, dominating the headlines, Australian legend Shane Warne has also weighed into the controversy. The former Aussie leggie said players should stop “whinging” about sledging.

CCTV footage showed Warner apparently turning on De Kock as the players walked up a narrow staircase leading to the dressing rooms during the tea break on Sunday. Vice-captain Warner had to be restrained by his team-mates as he appeared to lose his temper, reportedly over a barb about his wife Candice, although the South Africans blamed him for sparking the argument. “Chat, banter, sledging has always been a part of any series between SA & Oz. Both sides always give it out,” he tweeted. ”Respect is the key & and I hope nothing personal was said to any player towards anyone from either side. Have a beer together afterward & get on with it – stop the whinging!”

The incident is in the hands of match referee Jeff Crowe and being investigated by ICC and Cricket Australia. The Australian vice-captain will on Tuesday night (AEDT) learn his fate when match referee Jeff Crowe is expected to announce if an action will be taken against Warner and de Kock over the ugly tunnel confrontation.

“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,” Cricket Australia said on Tuesday, as reported by Sport24.” Both teams were reminded by the match referee of the spirit in which the game should be played.”

In another incident during the fiery First Test, Nathan Lyon was fined 15 percent of his match fee and hit with one demerit point after being charged with conduct that was against the spirit of cricket for his reaction to the second innings run out of AB de Villiers.