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Australia told to be 'respectful' after Warner row

AFP  |  Sydney 

Australian chief today demanded his players show more respect for their opponents in the wake of incidents that overshadowed the first Test against in

was fined 75 percent of his match fee and given three demerit points following a bust-up with South Africa's as the players went to the dressing rooms at the tea interval on day four.

Warner claimed De Kock made "disgusting, vile" comments about his wife, capping a niggly contest in which was also fined for his reaction following the run out of the Proteas' AB de Villiers.

Sutherland said he supported the sanctions and commended match referee for his handling of the "difficult situation".

"CA has reminded the team of the standards of behaviour expected of players representing Australia," he said, pointing to the ICC Code of Conduct and the need to play within the laws and spirit of the game.

"This includes the need to be respectful of opponents, and CA expects this to be observed by players at all times.

"Unfortunately neither team met this standard in The Australian team understands that fans expect better."

Captains Faf du Plessis and met yesterday ahead of the second Test and agreed they and the umpires had a responsibility to avoid any more blow-ups, but continued to disagree on what sparked the Warner-De Kock altercation.

Du Plessis insisted his had been provoked by personal comments from Warner.

Sutherland said always prided itself on being competitive and this would not change.

"However, CA is confident that what occurred in will remain an aberration," he said.

"Under the period of the current team leadership, Australian players have received fewer sanctions under the ICC Code of Conduct than players from the majority of the nine top-ranked Test playing nations.

"CA is confident that the rest of the series in will be remembered for enthralling played in the right spirit by both teams.

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 12:30 IST