South Africa vs Australia: Graeme Smith terms David Warner a 'fool'

South Africa vs Australia: Graeme Smith terms David Warner a ‘fool’

Smith said that Warner crossed many personal boundaries with the South Africans

Graeme Smith
Graeme Smith. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

The Australian team has quite comfortably won the first Test match against South Africa. They won the game by 118 runs and have taken a lead of 1-0 in the series. While everything seemed to go well in the match, a few acts from the Australian players irked the South African fans. Especially, David Warner is now garnering a lot of criticism with his ill behavior on and off the field.

He was seen celebrating wildly after he ran AB de Villiers out. He was very pumped after the dismissal and showed off all his emotions on the field. On the same day, Warner was also spotted having a go at Quinton de Kock on the way to the dressing rooms. This was captured on a CCTV camera and leaked later on. Former South African skipper, Graeme Smith looked absolutely displeased with these acts and expressed his disappointment.

‘The less interest you take in David Warner, the better’

Smith lashed out at both Nathan Lyon and Warner for their irrelevant celebration. Furthermore, he tagged David Warner as a ‘fool’ and also came up with a tweet. He added the Lyon might regret his celebration is a very matured and experienced cricketer. Things were heated up quite a lot during the fourth day and there was a continuous exchange of words between players of both the sides.

AB de Villiers’ dismissal, instigated by a mix-up with Aiden Markram charged Warner up. The Aussie vice-captain is reported to have spewed some unceremonious words at ABD and also Markram. Furthermore, Lyon dropped the ball in AB’s direction desperately as AB lay on the ground after the dive. Lyon was charged by ICC on Monday where he was fined and handed one demerit point.

“The Aussies were pretty fired up at that time pushing for a victory,” Smith told cricket.com.au in Durban. “But he (Lyon) is an experienced cricketer. I think he’ll probably say it was unnecessary himself. We’ve got used to Davey over the years. I think the less interest you take in him the better. He can be a bit of a fool at times. It’s best just to let him be,” Smith added.

Meanwhile, former Aussie wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist tweeted:  “Ugly scenes in Durban. Can only assume something very personal has been throw at @davidwarner31 for this type of reaction. Not a good look all round.” In reply, Smith wrote: “Gilly- Warner crossed many personal boundaries with the South Africans, so we can’t be surprised when there is eventually a reaction. If players are happy to give it, they have to be prepared to take it, too. On both sides! But agreed not a good look.”