Heated off-field row overshadows Australia Test win over South Africa

first_imgReuse this content Share on Messenger Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Cricket … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Topics Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Australia needed just 22 balls and 20 minutes of play on the fifth day at Kingsmead to secure a 118-run victory over South Africa in the first of their four-match series on Monday. However, their win was overshadowed by a heated off-field exchange between players at the tea interval on the fourth day, which the International Cricket Council is investigating, as well as a charge for the spinner Nathan LyonThe visitors required a single wicket to secure success after South Africa resumed on 293 for nine, chasing an improbable victory target of 417. center_img David Warner caught by CCTV in off-field row during first Test in South Africa South Africa cricket team Five runs were added by the home side before Quinton de Kock was hit on the back pad and trapped leg before wicket by Josh Hazlewood (3-61) as he tried to launch the ball over the boundary. Mitchell Starc earlier had a chance to complete a hat-trick with the first ball of the day after being denied by bad light on Sunday but bowled down the leg side to De Kock, who was eventually out for 83 after adding two to his overnight tally. Morne Morkel was not out on three as Starc (4-75) finished with nine wickets in the match. CCTV footage from the players tunnel showed the Australia vice-captain David Warner and the South Africa wicketkeeper De Kock involved in a fiery exchange as players climbed the stairwell to their dressing rooms during the break. The video shows Warner being restrained by the Australia batsman Usman Khawaja and the spin bowler Lyon as he directs a verbal barrage at De Kock, who left the field as South Africa’s not-out batsman at the same time as the Australians. “It’s rather unfortunate that the incident took place and certainly not in the spirit of the game,” South Africa’s team manager Mohammed Moosajee said in a statement. “The match referee had spoken to us after the day’s play. We will await any further communication from the ICC around this incident.” In a separate incident, Lyon dropped a ball on the prone batsman AB de Villiers after he was run out before lunch on Sunday as South Africa’s top order collapsed in their run chase. Lyon faced an ICC sanction after being charged by the match referee Jeff Crowe, officials said on Monday. It sets up an intriguing rematch in the second Test, which starts on Friday at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth, with Tests to follow at Newlands in Cape Town and the Wanderers in Johannesburg. Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Australia sport Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Australia cricket teamlast_img

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