Australia vice-captain David Warner insists Quinton de Kock said something “vile and disgusting” about his wife and that he will always stick up for his family.
The opening batsman also stated that he will continue to “live by the sword and die by the sword” even though he came close to being banned for the second Test against South Africa.
Warner, of course, was reacting to the CCTV footage that emerged from the first Test in Durban that showed him having to be restrained by teammates as he was trying to get at the Proteas wicketkeeper outside the Kingsmead dressing rooms.
Australia said the De Kock had made comments of a personal nature that provoked Warner’s response but the Proteas management maintains that it was their player that was pushed to say what he said.
Warner though said he will continue to be his team’s aggressor when it comes to dishing out sledging in the field.
He told the Australian media: “I play with aggression on the field and I try not to cross that line and it has been in the past that I have sort of been fiery,”
“But I don’t think whatsoever there on the field that I have ever crossed that line. That’s how I play my cricket; I live by the sword and die by the sword.
“I’ll keep playing with that energy and making sure I am the voice in the team to keep our guys motivated on the field, that’s for sure.”
“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.”
With the second Test set to start in Port Elizabeth on Friday, it is expected to be a fiery encounter as the old foes go at it after events of the past week.
Warner did say that he regretted how he handled the situation in Durban but expects a good encounter in the second Test at St George’s Park.
The opener continued: “I’d find it quite poor if similar comments were said.
“I’d take an appropriate stance and make sure that matters are taken off field away and spoken about in a quiet room, and make sure we can deal with it that way.
“But I can’t see anyone else making comments the way that he made them, which were outright disgusting.
“As I said, it’s a thing you wouldn’t say about any lady, especially someone’s wife or a player’s wife.
“I’ve accepted that the way it was played out was regrettable, I’ve stated that, and hopefully in the future if I’m going to respond emotionally, I would try to do it in a more appropriate manner and walk upstairs.”