Lyon admits guilt, fined for dropping ball on AB

David Warner had to be physically restrained by teammates at the tea break in the first Test against South Africa

The video of the incident shows Warner gesturing and talking to his opponent in the stairwell before the Australian vice-captain is held back and eventually dragged into the dressing room away from de Kock.

Proteas team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee said the matter was now sitting with the match official but said De Kock was on the initial receiving end of the personal verbal attacks.

"The match referee had spoken to us after the day's play".

"We were certainly very chirpy on the field and as far as I'm aware‚ we didn't get personal towards Quinton but what he said got a little bit personal with David and it provoked an emotional response".

Footage emerged on Monday of Warner's rage-fuelled rampage, which came when Australian and South African cricketers were walking up stairs at tea on day four of the first Test in Durban.

Warner was initially blocked by team-mate Usman Khawaja but captain Steven Smith and wicket-keeper Tim Paine also stepped in to restrain the excitable and explosive opener.

A Cricket Australia spokesperson said on Monday that they were "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".

What was said and done during that interval was regrettable from both sides.

Harris was full of praise for the way Australia played at Kingsmead, saying Mitchell Starc's reverse-swing masterclass should be in the headlines rather than Warner's rampage.

Aiden Markram turned down a run early in South Africa's pursuit of 417, leaving De Villiers diving for the crease as Lyon whipped off the bails.

"In any sporting contest, in any contest, when you start getting a bit violent on or off the field it's a no-brainer, it's not acceptable".

Tempers flared after this celebration by Nathan Lyon (3R) after taking a throw from David Warner (L) to run out South African batsman AB de Villiers.

Rabada is on more thin ice than the Australians, sitting on five demerit points after serving a one-Test suspension after his send-off of England's Ben Stokes at Lord's a year ago and his conduct towards Dhawan.

Former South Africa spinner Paul Harris has labelled Warner a bully, suggesting the opening batsman has dished out his fair share of personal abuse.

"When he says something and someone comes back at him - then he gets upset".

"Quinny's fine. I don't think you get a reaction from him most of the time".

"It's natural when you play against the Australians that there's a lot of chatter on the field".

On the other hand, Proteas captain Faf du Plessis said both sides got personal in their chirping. "It's something that I certainly don't mind, something that keeps me in the game and keeps me going, keeps me motivated".



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