Australian cricketer David Warner was handed three demerit points after he accepted level two charge by ICC on account of the exchange of words with South African player Quinton De Kock. He was fined 75 percent of his match fee in addition.This penalty was imposed on Warner on account of CCTV footage showing Warner keeping on verbally abusing Quinton De Kock during the tea break on the fourth day of the first test match between Australia and South Africa.
Australians argue that Warner made such comments because De Kock made personal comments about Warner’s wife in the dressing room and made an exchange of words. But Warner accepted the charges and was only one demerit point away from the ban.
On the other hand, South Africans requested ICC for clarity about Level one charge imposed on De Kock. Level one charge will be handed in case of breaking the spirit of the game. Once the ICC has provided clarity, the South Africans decided to contest the case and the hearing may take place on March 7th.
Australia won the first test match against South Africa in the four test-match series and registered a lead of 1-0. The second test match is scheduled to be played from 9th March at Port Elizabeth.