CAPE TOWN – Controversial Australian opening batsman David Warner has been cleared to play the second Test against the Proteas in
The International Cricket Council confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that match referee Jeff Crowe has handed down a sanction of three demerit points and a fine of 75 percent of Warner’s match fee for a Level 2 breach of the code of conduct, which the player has accepted.
“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,” the ICC said in a statement.
“In addition to this, 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.
“Level 2 breaches carry a fine of 50 to 100 percent of the match fee and/or up to two suspension points, equating to three or four demerit points.”
The ICC said that De Kock had “yet to respond” to the Level 1 charge for his involvement in the altercation.
But the upshot of it all is that the Australian vice-captain Warner will line up for the second Test at St George’s Park on Friday despite his confrontation with Proteas wicket-keeper De Kock near the Kingsmead change-rooms on Sunday during the first Test, which the visitors won by 118 runs.
In addition, Fox Sports in Australia aired a video overnight, where Warner is heard calling De Kock “a f***ing sook” – a sook is a derogatory slang word in Australia meaning someone is a soft or timid person – as the players made their way off the field at tea on day four at Kingsmead.
Both team captains Faf du Plessis and Steve Smith said personal things were said between Warner and De Kock, although the Australian captain has maintained that his side never got personal with De Kock.
* This story has been updated.