The International Cricket Council (ICC) has charged Australia vice-captain David Warner and South African wicket-keeper-batsman Quinton de Kock following their altercation on the fourth day of the first Test in Durban. The world cricket body found that both the players have breached the ICC Code of Conduct which was captured on CCTV.
"The umpires officiating in the Durban Test have reported Warner for a level 2 offence and de Kock for a level 1 offence for "conduct that brings the game into disrepute" following the incident in the stairwell near their dressing rooms," ICC said in a statement.
As per the leaked security camera footage, Warner and de Kock were involved in a heated exchange as the players from both the teams were making their way to the respective dressing rooms during the tea session on the fourth day of the Durban Test.
The confrontation was so severe that Australian wicketkeeper Tim Paine had to calm Warner down, while batsman Usman Khawaja held him back. Ultimately, skipper Steven Smith had to whisk him away from the scene.
Both the teams have been given time until tomorrow to respond to the charges.
(With Agency Inputs)