Paine: De Kock, not Warner, crossed the line

2018-03-07 10:41
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Cape Town - Australian wicketkeeper Tim Paine has offered his thoughts on the now infamous off-field confrontation between David Warner and Quinton de Kock at Kingsmead on Sunday. 

Both players have since been charged for misconduct by the ICC, and if found guilty Warner could potentially miss the second Test in Port Elizabeth while De Kock faces a hefty fine. 

Since a video of the incident went viral on Monday, cricketers past and present have offered their views on what happened and who is to blame. 

Speaking to Cricinfo from PE, Paine denied that Warner had gotten personal by sledging De Kock and bringing his family into the war of words.

"That's completely false. At no stage was Quinton's family mentioned, that's 100% false," Paine said.

"I don't know how their team manager [Mohammed Moosajee] can hear from where he's sitting, but from where I was, which was right nearby the whole time, there was nothing we said that was inappropriate.

"We were trying to make it an uncomfortable place for Quinton to bat, no doubt, but we didn't cross the line. We spoke about cricket stuff and a few little things with his fitness."

Instead, Paine says, it was De Kock who crossed the line.

Paine was one of the players who had restrained Warner in the altercation, and he claims that he heard exactly what De Kock said.

"People have said if he (Warner) gives it he is going to have to take it, all that sort of rubbish, which is fine on the field, but when you are bringing people's families or wives into it it's unacceptable," paine said.

The second Test starts on Friday.

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