Steven Smith shows his support to Warner on the off-field verbal fight with Quinton de Kock
By Sandy - Mar 5, 2018 3:45 pm
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Australian opening batsman David Warner is facing a lot of criticism after his behaviour with the South African wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock in the stairwell. While Australian skipper Steven Smith not clearly said anything about that incident but he showed his support with his fellow teammate.

Steven Smith

There was a CCTV footage came out where clearly showed that Australian vice-captain David Warner had a heated exchange with the Proteas wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock in the stairwell. That incident happened at the tea-break on the day 4 of the first Test at Kingsmead (Durban). The Warner was looking so angry that his teammates needed to involve to control him.

Here is that video:

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Smith said that they were not getting personal on the field while de Kock personally attacked David Warner which made the Australian opener furious off the field.

Talking about that incident, Smith said at the press conference after the match, “Those sorts of things are not on from both sides. Getting personal on the field is not on. We were certainly very chirpy out in the field as well. As far as I’m aware, we didn’t get personal towards Quinton.

“What he said got a little bit personal towards Davey and, as we saw, it certainly provoked an emotional response.”

Cricket Australia (CA) is also looking into that matter as one of their spokespersons commented, “CA is aware of reports of an incident between players in Durban. CA is working to establish the facts of what has occurred and will not be commenting further until that has been done.”

South African team manager Mohammed Moosajee had earlier said on that incident, “It’s rather unfortunate that the incident took place and certainly not in the spirit of the game. The match referee had spoken to us after the day’s play. We will await any further communication from the ICC around this incident.”

It was the first Test of the four-match Test series where Australia won comfortably by 118 runs. After winning the toss, Australia decided to bat first and scored 351 runs in the first innings. In reply, South Africa was bowled out for just 162 runs.

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In the second innings, Australia managed to put 227 runs on the board before getting all out. Chasing the 417 runs for victory, South Africa was bundled out for 298 runs under the first 20 minutes of the fifth day. Australian pacer Mitchell Starc received the Man of the Match award for his brilliant performances.