The Australia-South Africa series has seen some really feisty and gritty cricket up until now, with both sides itching to stamp their authority over the other, coming off huge wins in their previous Test series against England and India respectively.
But the feisty nature of the game carried on into the dressing room as well, with Quinton de Kock and David Warner involved in an heated altercation, which saw Warner mouthing off QDK as soon as both teams stepped onto the staircase that led to their respective dressing rooms.
Khawaja and Paine tried to calm Warner down, pulling him away from the South African duo of QDK and Markram, Warner had clearly been ticked off by something that had either happened on the field or before all the stakeholders entered the frame of the camera.
QDK and Markram though maintained their calm, putting up an unresponsive face and not indulging in any physical or verbal battle with the Australian deputy.
Steve Smith who had already walked off to the dressing room then decided to intervene, pulling Warner towards him, trying to stop any untoward incident that could have panned out.
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Cricket Australia on CCTV footage of Warner-Kock Incident: “CA is aware of reports of an incident between players in Durban. CA is working to establish the facts of what occurred and will not be commenting until this has been done.” pic.twitter.com/gNnmZ6SCQw
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Cricket Australia have already issue a statement regarding the incident and have said that they are investigating the matter.
“CA is aware of reports of an incident between players in Durban. CA is working to establish the facts of what occurred and will not be commenting until this has been done.” they said.
Cricket South Africa on the other hand haven’t said anything regarding the matter.
South Africa are currently staring down the barrel, despite a fighting century from Aiden Markram in the second innings.
Australia need one wicket to seal the first test and should be able to do so in the first half hour of the 5th day. South Africa will have then lost two consecutive tests at home, and thus will need to go back to the drawing board in order to iron out their issues in the Test format.