David Warner says he will always stick up for his family after claiming a “vile and disgusting” remark about his wife by South Africa’s Quinton de Kock led to their ugly altercation. Both players were punished Wednesday for the bust-up during the opening Test in Durban, with Warner fined 75 percent of his match fee and De Kock 25 percent.
They are free to play the second Test starting Friday in Port Elizabeth, although Warner was also given three demerit points, meaning he will be banned if he gets one more within the next year.
“I cop it left, right and center, especially off the field from spectators and I’m used to that and it doesn’t bother me,” Warner said, ahead of the second Test in Port Elizabeth.
“But in a proximity of my personal space and from behind me, a comment that was vile and disgusting about my wife, and in general about a lady, was quite poor I felt.
“My emotional response was just something that I don’t believe should have been said and I’ll always stick up for my family and in that case my teammates as well.”