South Africa vs Australia: Post David Warner-Quinton de Kock spat, Darren Lehmann suggests dialogue between coaches, captains

Australia coach Darren Lehmann said, " "I'm sure the coaches will chat and the captains will chat and we'll get away to play the game."

AFP, March 06, 2018

Durban: Australian coach Darren Lehmann expects the coaches and captains of both teams to "chat" before the second Test against South Africa starting in Port Elizabeth on Friday after a bad-tempered start to the series.

File photo of Darren Lehmann. Getty Images

File photo of Darren Lehmann. Getty Images

Lehmann was talking to Australian journalists after an acrimonious ending to the first Test in Durban after leaked closed-circuit television footage showed a confrontation between Australian vice-captain David Warner and South Africa's Quinton de Kock.

In a video posted on Cricket Australia's website, Lehmann said he continued to back Warner as the team's vice-captain as the Australians hunt a 2-0 series lead.

Asked whether there would be talks between the two sides in a bid to reduce hostilities, Lehmann said: "I'm sure the coaches will chat and the captains will chat and we'll get away to play the game."

With both sides blaming the other for sparking the incident by making personal insults, Lehmann said: "Everyone has their own opinion."

He expected the remaining three Tests to be highly competitive. "Both sides are going to push the boundaries. That’s part and parcel of the game. It's a bloody tough game out there."

Lehmann said the key was to avoid personal insults. "We've got to make sure we don’t cross the line," he said.

Lehmann said the incident had detracted from what he described as "a great game of cricket", which Australia won by 118 runs.

Match referee Jeff Crowe is believed to be looking into the incident but there has been no comment yet from the International Cricket Council.

Updated Date: Mar 06, 2018





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5599 124
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3279 102
6 Australia 3474 102
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1 Pakistan 3270 131
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114