Warner accepts level two charge by ICC, handed three demerit points

Dean Simpson
March 9, 2018

The CCTV footage shows Warner being restrained by teammates Usman Khawaja and Nathan Lyon before being persuaded to go into the dressing room by Smith.

Australia's David Warner (L) and South Africa's Quinton de Kock (R).

Warner has been hit with a level-two charge by the International Cricket Council and is a chance to be suspended for his actions, although that isn't looking too likely.

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In that sense, Warner faces a possible suspension from the second Test in Port Elizabeth and he could also be fined 100 per cent of his match fee from the first Test.

South Africa's manager Mohammed Moosajee claims Warner peppered de Kock with personal barbs during play.

De Kock has been charged with a level-one infraction, meaning his punishment will be less severe.

"There were words said out on the field".

An image from video footage showing Australian players holding David Warner back during an altercation with South Africa's Quintin de Kock.

Paine highlighted the fact neither umpire objected to anything Australia said to de Kock on day four.

"Respect is the key & and I hope nothing personal was said to any player towards anyone from either side". He is not the sort of bloke who will whinge about being sledged, I've hear blokes say a lot of things on the cricket field that don't bother him, I have never seen him react like he reacted when we were coming off the field.

"I'm not surprised (de Kock is challenging the charge); not bothered; it doesn't affect the way we're going to go about this Test".

The teams have been given time until tomorrow to respond to the charges. Certainly it's hard, and we like to make them feel uncomfortable out there. A suspension point amounts to a ban from one test or two ODIs, or two T20s, whichever come first. "They've stated as well that we play a pretty similar style of cricket", he said.

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