Elizabeth - Proteas coach Ottis Gibson has encouraged everybody to put their
focus back on the cricket after this week's David Warner v Quinton de Kock
Sunday's off-field altercation
between the pair saw both players fined, but the aftermath that followed the
incident has seen this series hot up as it moves to Port Elizabeth for the
South Africa's rivalry with
Australia has always been intense, with sledging on the field and comments off
of it generally fuelling that fire.
But Gibson, speaking about the
incident on Wednesday, said there was a difference between being aggressive on
the field and verbally attacking the batsmen.
"I'm happy with aggression
being shown on the field if it's coming from a fast bowler and he's bowling
bouncers," Gibson said.
"To me, that's aggression.
"When everybody else is
chirping or sledging the batter as he's trying to bat, I'm not sure that's
aggression in my book.
"That's how I grew up
playing the game in the Caribbean. Obviously things change, but when everybody
around you is chirping, I don't know if that's aggression."
second Test starts on Friday at 10:00.