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Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith has taken a shot at David Warner, saying the Australian vice-captain has the tendency to be “a bit of a fool”.
Smith’s comments come after CCTV footage emerged that showed an ugly altercation between Warner and South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock.
The incident occurred while the players were going up the steps for the tea break on the fourth day of the first Test in Durban.
While Australia skipper Steve Smith has blamed De Kock for instigating the incident, claiming that the 25-year-old directed some highly personal comments towards Warner, Graeme Smith recalled past instances where Warner crossed the line.
“We’ve got used to Davey over the years,” Smith told cricket.com.au as quoted by Sky Sports. “I think the less interest you take in him the better. He can be a bit of a fool at times. It’s best just to let him be.”
Australia spinner Nathan Lyon was also fined 15 percent of his match fee and handed a demerit point for dropping the ball on South Africa batsman AB de Villiers after running him out.
Sharing his thoughts on that incident, Graeme Smith said: “The Aussies were pretty fired up at that time pushing for a victory. But he (Lyon) is an experienced cricketer. I think he’ll probably say it was unnecessary himself.”
Ex-Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist refused to take sides in regards to both incidents, but admitted that they tarnish the image of cricket to those who may not know much about the sport.
“As an outside observer, I think you would find that a little bit off-putting at times, a little bit bad taste at times,” Gilchrist told SEN Radio. “And the question may even come over all those eras as a general statement.
“Australian teams have generally been at the top of the pile, not every minute of those times, but generally they’re a very competitive, world-class team, and some would say they don’t need to do that.
“Why do you need to present that somewhat ugly look if you’re playing such good cricket? And they’re not good images and it’s hard to know, to comment specifically about this incident overnight, and any other time, unless you’re there and know the ins and outs of what was said and what sparked it and the verbal volleys that would have been thrown around.
“Very hard to comment on the detail of it but no denying that some of the parts of the celebration of the run-out of De Villiers and then obviously this incident that I’m sure you’re getting to, of this leaked dressing room footage, it’s not a very good look.
“I think it needs to be considered how to react in certain scenarios and learn from the scenarios.”