SA vs AUS 2018: Protean claims of Australia sledging is completely false, says Tim Paine

Australia won the Durban Test by 118 runs.

Both Warner and De Kock were charged by ICC for the offence. ( Zee Media)

The video footage of the ugly spat between Australia opener David Warner and South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock took the internet world by storm on Monday (March 5).

The CCTV video shows a fired-up Warner directing a verbal barrage at de Kock when the teams walked upstairs to the change rooms during the tea break on the fourth day of the first Test at Kingsmead, Durban. The leaked video also shows Warner being held back by his teammates.

Australia vice-captain David Warner and South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock have been charged by the International Cricket Council for their involvement in a stairwell altercation during the fourth day of the first Test at Kingsmead, Durban.

While Warner was charged for breaching Level 2 of the ICC Code of Conduct, De Kock was charged with a Level 1 offence for the same breach. 

Now Tim Paine, the Australian wicketkeeper has come out with his latest comments on the controversy. South Africa's claims that Australia's sledging got personal in the fiery first Test in Durban are "100 percent false" and "blatantly untrue", according to wicketkeeper Tim Paine. 

"That's completely false," Paine told reporters in Port Elizabeth when asked about the validity of Moosagee's claims.

"At no stage was Quinton's family mentioned, that's 100 per cent false. 
I don't know how their team manager can hear from where he's sitting but from where I was, which was right near the whole time, there was nothing we said that was inappropriate. 

"Our stuff is the way we've always played our cricket. Certainly it's hard, and we like to make them feel uncomfortable out there. 

"But we don't cross the line and bring people's wives and family into the cricket game. And we'll continue to do that for as long as we play."

Previously after ICC charged the respective players for their offense, captains from both the camps kept their opinion on the matter. While Protean skipper Faf Du Plessis that players both sides were guilty for the altercation, Australian skipper Steve Smith said that De Kock's plunge into  Warner's personal life evoked an emotional response from the Australian vice-captain. 


By Anshuman Roy - 07 Mar, 2018

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