Warner, de Kock charged over Durban stoush

Warner, de Kock charged over Durban stoush

The war of words between Australia and South Africa - itself a product of a war of words between Warner and de Kock - has escalated quickly.

It follows reports relations between the two camps have deteriorated dramatically after the fiery First Test, which also featured Nathan Lyon being fined 15 per cent of his match fee and hit with one demerit point after being charged with conduct contrary to the spirit of cricket for his reaction to the second innings run out of AB de Villiers.

Lehmann was talking to Australian journalists after an acrimonious ending to the first Test in Durban after leaked closed-circuit television footage showed a confrontation between Australian vice-captain David Warner and South Africa's Quinton de Kock.

Spin legend Shane Warne has called on the Proteas and Australian teams to "stop whingeing" and sort out their issues following the controversy around David Warner's altercation with Quinton de Kock.

Warner should be free to play the second Test, though will be on the brink of suspension if he errs again.

"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.

Unseen footage has emerged of the Australian vice-captain ripping into de Kock as they left the field of play, having reportedly unleashed an hour-long sledging attack on the Proteas wicketkeeper-batsman.

Warner, de Kock charged over Durban stoush

"When you are bringing people's families or wives into it it's unacceptable. We want to play a way that gets us success and we've just got to make sure we don't cross the line - that's the key", Lehmann said.

This was not the first time that Warner has been involved in getting fired up against the South Africans.

"As far as I'm aware I don't think (Australia's sledging of de Kock) was personal at all".

"I don't know how their team manager [Mohammed Moosajee, who made the claims] can hear from where he's sitting".

"We spoke about cricket stuff and a few little things with his fitness".

The opening batsman could face an ICC sanction for his part in the ugly stairwell incident at Kingsmead on Sunday which shattered cricket's unofficial rule of 'what happens on the field, stays on the field'.

"We play our best cricket when we're aggressive, we're in the fight together, we're hunting as a pack", Smith said. He doesn't go looking for trouble but if you stir him up, you might just get a bit.

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