David Warner and Quinton de Kock © Getty Images
David Warner and Quinton de Kock © Getty Images

In a bid to chase 417, AB de Villiers was run-out for a golden duck on Day Three of the first Test at Kingsmead in Durban. De Villiers’ dismissal saw a fiery reaction from David Warner who was responsible for the fielding effort. Warner had been involved in a war of words with Markram after running de Villiers out. However, at tea, Quinton de Kock and Warner were seen involved in a heated argument as players headed to their dressing rooms.

The CCTV footage showed Warner pointing and unleashing a verbal barrage at de Kock before the former was restrained and pulled away by Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Nathan Lyon and Tim Paine.

CA are unaware about what the argument was all about: “CA is aware of reports of an incident between players in Durban. CA is working to establish the facts of what has occurred and will not be commenting further until that has been done.”

On the other hand, Graeme Smith criticised Warner’s on-field reaction: “The Aussies were pretty fired up at that time pushing for a victory. We’ve got used to Davey over the years. 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,” Smith told cricket.com.au.

Nevertheless, Markram played down Warner’s comments scoring a defiant knock of 143.