David Warner, Quinton de Kock charged over stairwell stoush

David Warner and Quinton de Kock have both been charged with bringing cricket into disrepute, after the heated exchange which overshadowed the first test between Australia and South Africa.

Warner has been hit with a level-two charge by the International Cricket Council and is a chance to be suspended for his actions, although that isn’t looking too likely.

De Kock has been charged with a level-one infraction, meaning his punishment will be less severe.


It comes after footage was leaked of Warner being restrained by teammates as he yelled at de Kock in the stairwell after tea earlier this week.

It’s alleged it was sparked over a remark about Warner’s wife but the Australians, including Warner, had been sledging de Kock throughout his innings.

Australia wicketkeeper Tim Paine doesn’t believe the charges will see tensions subdue on the field during the second test starting on Friday.

“No, I don’t think it will change a lot,” Paine told reporters on Wednesday.

“A lot of people like to pretend that they like being in the fight and having verbal stoushes on the cricket field, but Davey is genuinely someone who loves that and thrives on it.

“He is very good at getting under their skin and it’s been clear in the first Test that he has been able to do that.”

“People have said if he gives it he is going to have to take it, all that sort of rubbish, which is fine on the field but when you are bringing people’s families or wives into it it’s unacceptable.”