Australia vice-captain David Warner has been fined 75 per cent of his match fee for breaching Level 2 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the fourth day of the first Test against South Africa in Durban.
Having not contested the charge, Warner was found to have breached Article 2.2.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “conduct that brings the game into disrepute,” following an altercation with South Africa player Quinton de Kock on Sunday near the team dressing rooms, which was captured on CCTV.
Three demerit points have been added to Warner’s disciplinary record, for whom it was the first offence since the introduction of the revised Code in September 2016. He therefore joins Kagiso Rabada and Faf du Plessis as players in the current series who will be suspended if they are punished for one more disciplinary breach.
Breaking: Quinton de Kock is contesting his charge. Has a hearing tonight. Risky business. #SAvAUS
— Adam Collins (@collinsadam) March 7, 2018
De Kock, however, has contested the level one charge against him and will attend a hearing in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday evening.
Since the incident both sides have offered different versions of events as to who crossed which lines and who got “personal” first. The second Test begins in Port Elizabeth on Friday.