Former Australian spinner Shane Warne believes David Warner and Quinton de Kock need to have a beer together and patch things up.
Australia vice-captain Warner, who has a reputation for sledging, and Proteas wicketkeeper De Kock were involved in an ugly spat in the player’s tunnel at tea on day four which resulted in the players having to be kept apart.
De Kock was reported to have made derogatory comments about Warner’s wife, Candice, which didn’t sit well with the Australian.
The incident has since divided opinion over sledging, but Warne felt that it has been a part of all series between South Africa and Australia.
Chat, banter, sledging has always been apart of any series between SA & Oz. Both sides always give it out. Respect is the key & I hope nothing personal was said to any player towards anyone from either side. Have a beer together afterwards & get on with it – stop the whinging !
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) March 5, 2018
Former England captain Michael Vaughan responded to Warne, effectively repeating what Graeme Smith said on Monday by saying Warner, known for his aggressive sledging on the pitch, had to expect that someone would eventually retaliate.
Correct Warney….but it’s clear plenty of personal nonsense has been spoken & the man in question I hear from many has been doing it for a while so I guess someone eventually was going to touch a nerve with a response … #OnOn https://t.co/C3DSPqKhuf
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 5, 2018
In another report, ex-Australian spinner Brad Hogg said that they have found the chink in Warner’s armour, and he didn’t think the South Africans would let it go, while former Protea Paul Harris called the Australian vice-captain a bully.
The second Test in Port Elizabeth starts on Friday.
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