The nasty altercation between David Warner and Quinton De Kock has been damned by many cricket legends likes of former cricketers like Adam Gilchrist, Ian Chappell, Graeme Smith, Kepler Wessels. And now, former New Zealand fast bowler –Danny Morrison has also expressed his opinion on the unpleasant incident, calling the Warner-Kock altercation ‘a shame’ on Friday.
The CCTV video of the ugly spat emerged on Monday (March 5) in which Warner can be seen directing a verbal barrage at De Kock when the player of the teams walked upstairs to the change rooms during the tea break on the fourth day of the first Test at Kingsmead. Following the incident, Warner has been fined 75 percent of his match fees by the ICC and de Kock has been docked 25 percent.
Commenting on the incident, Morrison told Khaleej Times, “It is a shame. Warner's got a history of it, he's an instigator, so I think when you get niggled at, and sometimes someone is going to get a little cheeky and in this case it's Quinton de Kock and he's given back some stuff. But I think in the modern era one is trying to get away from all that stuff. Of course the Aussies are renowned for it, they like to have something to say.”
Former pacer, who is currently in Dubai for the Pakistan Super League (PSL), further said, “But let's not say players from the England team don't do it, you have some specific guys, almost like the 'enforcers', like some of the guys I played in the Kiwis side liked to say something and get stuck in - play the verbal jousting, so to speak.”
Morrison signed off by saying, “For the Aussies, it is in their psyche and having lived in Australia full time for nearly 12 years I've been seeing how players react at club cricket and as a media personnel watching it and seeing it unfold. But yeah it isn't great. It isn't good for the younger generation looking at it so it will be interesting to see what happens moving forward about trying to stamp it out.”