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Warner Fined For De Villiers Comments

David Warner, AB de Villiers
David Warner (left) has been fined for suggesting AB de Villiers (right) was engaged in ball tampering during the second Test
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Australian batsman David Warner has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee after making comments suggesting AB de Villiers was ball tampering during the second Test in Port Elizabeth.

He has pleaded guilty to an International Cricket Council (ICC) charge of making inappropriate comments about de Villiers, breaching Article 2.1.7 of the ICC Code of Conduct.

Warner accepted the punishment given to him by match referee Roshan Mahanama and there was no requirement for a formal hearing.

"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," Mahanama said.

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

It is not the first time that Warner has been fined for his behaviour.

Cricket Australia disciplined him in 2013 following an angry Twitter tirade against journalists and he was also stood down after attacking England batsman Joe Root during a night out in Birmingham.

South Africa won the second Test by 231 runs to set up a decider in Cape Town, which begins on Saturday (1st March).

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