CCTV footage from a stairwell leading up to the dressing rooms at Kingsmead showed Warner continuing to verbally abuse de Kock as South Africa and Australia broke for Tea on the fourth day of the first Test, which Australia went on to win by 118 runs.
Warner appeared in the press conference and said: “I’ve been called everything under the sun out on the field and that, quite frankly, doesn’t bother me. But in the proximity of my personal space and behind me, a comment that was vile and disgusting and about my wife – and just in general about a lady – was quite poor.”
He added: “It was just something that I don’t believe should have been said … [it was] out of line. I responded emotionally and regretted the way it played out, but I’ll always stick up for my family.”
Warner’s message to Quinton: “I just would have liked him to say the comment a little bit louder, instead of muttering it under his breath next to me and Tim Paine. Then walking up the stairs and saying ‘I didn’t say anything’ as soon as the rest of his team-mates came out. We’re all men and if you’re going to say something, you look someone in the eye and say it. Hopefully I can speak to him in the next couple of days, or after the game, or after the series.”