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South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has defended wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock following his altercation with Australia vice-captain David Warner.
The incident, which was caught on CCTV, showed Warner having to be physically restrained by his teammates as he tried to confront De Kock.
While it remains unclear what was said, Warner claims that De Kock made some derogatory comments about his wife Candice.
Reports also claim that Warner made some disparaging remarks about De Kock’s family and even called the 25-year-old a “bush pig”.
De Kock’s sister, Dalean even got involved and took aim at Warner on Twitter, saying: “Wtf (what the f**k) ! I’ll hurt you @davidwarner31.”
While Australia captain Steve Smith blamed De Kock for instigating the entire incident, Du Plessis believes otherwise.
“If you know Quinton’s character, you know he is a very quiet guy. I struggle to get a word out of him on the field,” Du Plessis was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. “I know he’s a very relaxed, laid back guy. The point leading up to that would have been a lot of stuff said to Quinton, a lot of personal stuff. I thought he actually handled himself well in terms of all the stuff that was said to him.
“Eventually he reached a point where he said enough is enough. Any guy in the world would eventually say something back.”
Warner ended up being fined 75 percent of his match fee and received three demerit points, while De Kock was fined 25 percent of his match fee and given one demerit point, even after lodging an appeal.
Du Plessis’ comments come after he and Smith held a meeting ahead of the second Test in Port Elizabeth on Friday to clear the air and put the ugly incident between Warner and De Kock in the past.
Opening up about the meeting, Smith said: “It was nice to have a chat and ensure that we’re playing within the spirit of the game and that cricket is what is written and talked about after this game.
“It’s been all about the indiscretions in the last fixture and that’s not what we want for the game. Cricket has got to be the winner.
“If they (the umpires) hear something going on they should go to either Faf or myself and make sure we have our troops in line and playing within the guidelines.”
Australia hold a 1-0 lead going into the second Test as they triumphed by 118 runs in the first Test in Durban.