From former Australian wicket-keeper batsman Adam Gilchrist to past South African skipper Graeme Smith, the cricket fraternity has been finally talking about the ugly verbal clash between Aussie player David Warner and Proteas batsman Quinton de Kock that took place in the dressing room during the opening Test match in Durban.

Warner was seen confronting de Kock during the tea break on the fourth day of the first Test match between Australia and South Africa. A CCTV footage published by South African outlet Independent Media purportedly shows Warner and de Kock engaging in a verbal fight, as players of both the teams were making their way to the dressing rooms at the tea break. In the video, Australian player Usman Khawaja can be seen restraining Warner. Later, skipper Steve Smith dragged him into the dressing room.

Currently, the ICC match referee Jeff Crowe is looking into the incident.

Talking about the incident, Adam Gilchrist wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter, “Ugly scenes in Durban. Can only assume something very personal has been throw at @davidwarner31 for this type of reaction. Not a good look all round. #SAvAUS.”


Responding to his Tweet, former SA skipper Graeme Smith said, “Gilly- Warner crossed many personal boundaries with the South Africans, so we can’t be surprised when there is eventually a reaction. If players are happy to give it, they have to be prepared to take it, too. On both sides! But agreed not a good look. #SAvsAUS.”


Former Aussie bowler Shane Warne said players should stop “whinging”.

“Chat, banter, sledging has always been a part of any series between SA & Oz. Both sides always give it out. Respect is the key & I hope nothing personal was said to any player towards anyone from either side. Have a beer together afterwards & get on with it – stop the whinging!” Warner wrote on Twitter.


Even, former England skipper Michael Vaughan also shared his views on the incident and said Warner had a reputation as a sledger and it was only a matter of time that it was paid back.

“Correct Warney….but it’s clear plenty of personal nonsense has been spoken & the man in question I hear from many has been doing it for a while so I guess someone eventually was going to touch a nerve with a response … #OnOn,” Vaughan wrote on Twitter.


Speaking about the incident Cricket Australia on Tuesday said, “The incident was discussed between the two team managers and the match referee last night and it is now in the hands of the on-field umpires and the match referee.”

“Both teams were reminded by the match referee of the spirit in which the game should be played.”