David Warner, Quinton De Kock charged by ICC over first Test row

David Warner and Quinton de Kock get in a heated exchange during the tea break on day four of the first test at Kingsmead

The Aussie opener has been slapped with a grade two contrary conduct charge which might see him rubbed out of the second Test, while de Kock was hit with a grade one charge for the altercation.

The development comes after video footage from a stairwell leading into the players' dressing rooms during the first Test in Durban showed Warner being restrained by his teammates during a spat with De Kock.

"We'll just wait and see what happens moving forward, how both teams want to play it".

According to media reports, the incident has been handed in the hands of on-field umpires and match referee.

The matter is now in the hands of the International Cricket Council, but Warner has the full backing of Australia coach Darren Lehmann.

The war of words between Australia and South Africa - itself a product of a war of words between Warner and de Kock - has escalated quickly.

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".

With both sides blaming the other for sparking the incident by making personal insults, Lehmann said: "Everyone has their own opinion".

"Respect is the key & I hope nothing personal was said to any player towards anyone from either side".

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David Warner, Quinton De Kock charged by ICC over first Test row

Warner will face a level 2 charge while the South African wicket-keeper faces a level 1 charge. "Chat, banter, sledging has always been a part of any series between SA & Oz".

"There are things that cross the line and evokes emotion and you've got to deal with that behind closed doors and get better at that".

"Play the game hard, play the game competitively".

Smith said after the game he is not aware of the Australian team crossing the line with any personal sledges during the spiteful fourth day.

Warner was involved in another unsightly incident on the field during the opening test in Durban, when he unleashed a withering verbal spray at Aiden Markram after the rookie opening batsman was culpable in running out AB de Villiers in the South Africa's second innings.

"I'm sure the captains will chat and the coaches will chat and we'll get away to play the game", he added.

Well, that's quite a cute date you got, papa Jayawardene.

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

"We play our best cricket when we're aggressive, we're in the fight together, we're hunting as a pack", Smith said.

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