During the first South Africa test, the home team claimed that Australia’s sledging got personal. However, wicketkeeper Tim Paine branded the rumours as “100 per cent false” and “blatantly untrue”. The Australian’s comments came after South Africa team manager Dr. Mohammed Moosajee said that things got personal on the field when sledging Proteas wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock.
Tim Paine said, “That’s completely false. At no stage was Quinton’s family mentioned, that’s 100 per cent false. I don’t know how their team manager can hear from where he’s sitting but from where I was, which was right near the whole time, there was nothing we said that was inappropriate. Our stuff is the way we’ve always played our cricket. Certainly it’s hard, and we like to make them feel uncomfortable out there. But we don’t cross the line and bring people’s wives and family into the cricket game. And we’ll continue to do that for as long as we play.”
The 33-year old’s remarks come after a stairwell altercation that saw Warner physically restrained by his teammates. De Kock had allegedly directed a derogatory comment towards Warner’s wife, Candice.
Warner was charged with a Level 2 breach of the ICC code of conduct for bringing the game into disrepute. As a result, he faces a possible suspension from the second Test in Port Elizabeth. Meanwhile, de Kock was lucky to get away with a Level 1 offence.
Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis believed that both sides crossed the Rubicon by getting personal. However, Aussie captain Steve Smith denied the claim. Paine said, “Obviously the situation wasn’t ideal for both sides and was regrettable what happened up the stairs. But it’s disappointing that they’ve come out now and said a few things that are just blatantly untrue.”
When the incident occurred Usman Khawaja was the first to prevent the situation from escalating. Soon, Paine helped restrain Warner before Smith defused the situation. Warner was riled up by de Kock’s comment about the former’s wife, and Paine witnessed the whole thing.
He said, “I think I was probably the only person that heard it. Usman (Khawaja) had gone a bit further ahead and I was about to walk around them both, I just thought they were still going on just from the general chatter that was on the ground. And as I went past de Kock he said what he said and luckily I suppose I was there in between.”