The fourth day of the Durban Test between South Africa and Australia saw tempers flare on both sides. The day that had started with a bizarre run-out of AB de Villiers prompting an aggressive send-off by David Warner and Nathan Lyon’s antics reached to devastating effects when the former was involved in an ugly altercation with South African wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock in a stairwell during the tea-break.
Not in the Spirit of the game: Cricket South Africa
Following the altercation, Cricket South Africa in their statement referred to the incident between Warner and de Kock as “not being in the spirit of the game” and it will await the ICC’S decision on the next step. Earlier today, Nathan Lyon was reprimanded for his actions against AB de Villiers, handing him one demerit point and a significant share of his match fees.
It’s rather unfortunate that the incident took place and certainly not in the spirit of the game.
~ Dr Mohammed Moosajee (South Africa Manager)
Cricket Australia to investigate the matter
After the CCTV footage emerged on Monday that showed a visibly heated confrontation between Australia’s vice-captain David Warner and South African keeper Quinton de Kock, Cricket Australia has decided to investigate the round-about of the proceedings.
AB de Villiers Responds
South Africa and Australia have perennially been fierce on-field rivals and a plethora of such altercations have been frequent evident from the Clarke-Steyn face-off in the previous series (2014). And with Australia 1-0 up in the series, the next three matches can offer multiple sub-plots and heated face-offs as both teams strive to outdo each other in their bid to become the World’s best Test team. AB de Villiers took to Twitter to have his say on the matter.
This series will be one to remember
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) March 5, 2018