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Veteran Australia spinner Brad Hogg believes that vice-captain David Warner will have a target on his back for the rest of the four-Test series against South Africa.
Hogg feels Warner will continue to be sledged by the Proteas throughout the series after CCTV footage showed him being physically restrained by his teammates while trying to confront South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock.
The incident occurred while the players were going up the steps for the scheduled tea break on the fourth day of the first Test in Durban.
Despite Australia captain Steve Smith claiming that De Kock made some overly personal comments towards Warner, which were allegedly about his wife Candice, Hogg admitted that the Baggy Greens opener will have to put up with a lot more sledging as the series progresses.
“They’ll be trying to nag him in the next three Test matches about his wife now,” Hogg told Fox Sports as quoted by the Canberra Times. “Or they’ll try and say something concerning Candice in the next three Test matches, which is slightly getting under David Warner’s skin. To be frank, South Africa have found a little sweet spot with David Warner.”
However, Hogg made it clear that he doesn’t condone any comments about players’ families.
“You don’t say anything about someone’s family,” he said.
The 47-year-old added that he was surprised to see De Kock mixed up in the incident.
“He’s a very quiet character, nothing really fazes de Kock and I’m surprised that de Kock would say something about someone else’s wife,” Hogg said.