'Personal insults' behind Warner-De Kock row

'Personal insults' behind Warner-De Kock row

"It's rather unfortunate that the incident took place and certainly not in the spirit of the game", he said in a Cricket South Africa statement.

The incident is in the hands of match referee Jeff Crowe, with no immediate clarity about when a decision could be expected. "As far as I am aware we didn't get personal with Quinton".

Recently, David Warner and South African wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock were involved in a heated off-field exchange in Durban on Sunday.

De Kock is alleged to have returned fire with comments about Warner's wife, which sent the Australia opener into a fit of fury that remained until he was ushered into the Australian dressing room by Smith and Usman Khawaja.

Du Plessis reiterated that he expects to receive verbal comments from Australia when he is batting, and went so far as to say that he would be "disappointed" if it didn't happen.

Controversy stole the headlines when Australia and South Africa met on the fourth day of the first Test on Sunday.

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"I've heard from South African players that he can sometimes be quite personal ... if you're going to do that you must be able to take it back, and it doesn't look like he takes it back too well".

Brief scores: Australia 351 and 227 beat South Africa 298 in 92.4 overs (Markram 143, de Kock 83; M Starc 4/75, J Hazlewood 3/61) by 118 runs. Meanwhile, personal insults were at the root of a row between Warner and de Kock, their captains said.

"You know, those things aren't on and you can't be getting into somebody's personal life like that".

The less interest you take in Warner the better.

However, the South African batsman De Kock and Markram can not be seen reacting too much in the leaked footage.

But umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Sundaram Ravi ruled the light wasn't good enough for the quicks to bowl after that and Starc had to watch as spinners Nathan Lyon and Steve Smith bowled the last nine overs of the day.

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South African captain Faf du Plessis said the umpires needed to ensure proper behaviour on the field. Just yesterday, he was seen showering Aiden Markram with a long emotionally-charged spray of words after he was on the non-striker's end when AB de Villiers was run out for a duck.

And it seems the spicy off-field action will lend itself to some memorable on-field qualities, with de Villiers replying to footage of the Warner-de Kock scuffle with an ominous warning.

"We play our best cricket when we're aggressive and hunting as a pack".

Lyon dislodged the bails then dropped the ball right next to de Villiers, who was disconsolate and in the dirt after unsuccessfully diving to make his ground.

I can tell you that David Warner is very personal and can assure you that whatever was said, Warner has said worse.

The ill feeling is set to continue when the second Test starts in Port Elizabeth on Friday.

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