Captains Faf du Plessis and Steve Smith met on Thursday ahead of the second test between South Africa and Australia in an effort to put the focus back on cricket following controversial incidents in the first test in Durban. They agreed that they and the umpires had a responsibility to avoid the conflict that led to three players being fined after the first test in Durban.
Australian vice-captain David Warner, who was fined 75 percent of his match fee and given three demerit points following a clash with South Africa’s Quinton de Kock as the players went to the dressing rooms at the tea interval, told Australian journalists that De Kock had made "disgusting" comments about Warner’s wife.
"It was nice to have a chat and ensure that we're playing within the spirit of the game and that cricket is what is written about and talked about after this game," said Smith.
Du Plessis, though, said De Kock had been provoked by personal comments made by Warner.
"If you know Quinton’s character you know he is a very, very quiet guy. I struggle to get a word out of him on the field," said Du Plessis. "I don’t think we did a great deal wrong," said Smith. The Aussie skipper confirmed that Australia would field an unchanged side after winning the first test by 118 runs. The second test kicks off in Port Elizabeth today