Following the stairwell brawl that ensued during the fourth day of the 1st Test between Australia and South Africa, the ICC has delivered its verdict on Aussie vice-captain David Warner. The fiery left-hander has been fined a hefty 75% of his match fee along with three demerit points, accumulation of two more over a period of twelve months will result in him missing a Test match.
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After an ugly altercation that overshadowed Australia’s stunning win over the Proteas in Durban, David Warner was charged with Level 2 breach of the ICC’S code of conduct for bringing the game into disrepute. A Level 2 charge can fetch up to four demerit points resulting in an automatic suspension of one Test match or two ODIs/T20I in the order of occurrence. However, Warner has accepted the sanction which means he’s available to play in the second Test in Port Elizabeth starting Friday.
The heart of the matter
While it is still relatively unknown whether South African management and Quinton de Kock, who was charged with a Level 1 offense yesterday, has accepted the charge for his involvement with Warner after the CCTV footage.
While the Aussies are still adamant that the gloveman used derogatory remarks about Warner’s wife, the Proteas has rubbished the claims as “completely false”. The Stairwell brawl has added intrigue to the series and it will be interesting to see how the team go about their business for the remainder of the series which Australia currently lead 1-0.