Du Plessis: Warner & De Kock got a little personal on the field

South Africa could provoke Warner in a

South Africa could provoke Warner in a "tactical move"

Australia won the Kingsmead Test by 118 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.

A level 2 charge means that if found guilty, Warner could be banned for a Test while the most severe punishment De Kock would face is a fine.

As the ugly altercation between Australia batsman David Warner and South African wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock is growing into a cricket hot potato, former Australia skipper Shane Warne advised players to stop "whinging" about sledging.

But however big or small this mess might be‚ the damage to the respectability of the series has been done by security camera footage of Warner spewing what looked like - there is no audio on the video - verbal abuse at De Kock emerged online on Monday.

Warner could be in line to lose his whole match fee and be banned for the second test at St George's Park‚ which starts on Friday.

ICC match referee Jeff Crowe met with Australian and South African team management including Australian coach Darren Lehmann late on Tuesday at the hotel where both sides are staying.

Afrikaans website Netwerk24 said De Kock was labelled as a "bush pig" by the Australians, while The Guardian in England reported that it was Warner who called De Kock a "bush pig".

The leaked CCTV footage showed Warner had to be restrained by up to four teammates, including captain Steve Smith, during an argument inside the stairwell leading to the venue's dressing rooms.

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"When you are bringing people's families or wives into it it's unacceptable".

Australia's coach was reluctant to add fuel to the fire, but made it clear the saga hadn't affected Warner's standing as a leader. I'd like to see those above him suspended for sanctioning it.

"I don't know how their team manager [Mohammed Moosajee, who made the claims] can hear from where he's sitting".

"As I went past de Kock he said what he said and luckily I suppose I was there in between", Australia's keeper declared in Port Elizabeth.

"It's extremely disappointing. they've come out now and said a few things that are just blatantly untrue".

"We play our best cricket when we're aggressive, we're in the fight together, we're hunting as a pack", Smith said. "We want to play a way that gets us success and we've just got to make sure we don't cross the line - that's the key", Lehmann said.

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"Our team is certainly behind him".

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