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David Warner fined for comments after Australia v South Africa Test

David Warner: Australia batsman fined for comments

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Australia opening batsman David Warner has been fined 15 percent of his match fee after pleading guilty to a charge of making inappropriate comments after the second Test against South Africa.

Warner accused home wicketkeeper AB de Villiers of deliberately coarsening one side of the ball to aid reverse swing during the match at Port Elizabeth which South Africa won by 231 runs to square the three-Test series at 1-1.

The 27-year-old was found to have breached article 2.1.7 of the ICC code of conduct for players and player support personnel, which relates to public criticism of, or inappropriate comment in relation to an incident occurring in an international match or any player, player support personnel, match official or team participating in any international match.

Warner admitted the offence after he made the comments during an interview on Australian radio on Tuesday and accepted the proposed sanction offered to him by Roshan Mahanama of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees.

Mahanama said: "It was disrespectful for David to publicly denigrate an opponent when commenting on a match-related incident, and imply that a South African player was engaging in sharp practice.

"I'm sure David will be careful when making public comments in future."

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