David Warner and Quinton de Kock. File Photo
After video footage emerged of the fracas between David Warner and Quinton de Kock on their way to the dressing rooms on Day 4 of the Durban Test, the International Cricket Council charged both players on Tuesday (March 6) for breaching the governing body's code of conduct.
While Warner was charged with a Level 2 offence, that could lead to a one-Test ban, de Kock has been charged with the less severe one of Level 1, the maximum output of which will be a fine.
The teams have time until March 7 (Wednesday) to respond to the levied charges.
CCTV footage, published by South African outlet Independent Media, showed Warner and de Kock engaging in a verbal stoush as players made their way to the dressing rooms at tea. Warner had to be restrained by teammate Usman Khawaja and then dragged away by captain Steve Smith after he did not relent on his barbs at de Kock. South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, and other members of the team became involved before Warner was escorted away.
Warner's behaviour was already under the microscope after he sledged opener Aiden Markram in the aftermath of AB de Villiers's run-out.
Nathan Lyon, the Australian offspinner, was fined 15 percent of his match fee and handed one demerit point after dropping the ball next to the dismissed batsman, who was sprawled on the ground. According to a Cricket Australia spokesperson, Lyon apologised to de Villiers and conveyed to him that there was no malice intended.