David Warner could be suspended from the second Test at St George's Park after he and Quinton de Kock were charged by the ICC over their heated stairwell confrontation at Kingsmead.
The International Cricket Council are investigating the incident which saw opener Warner confront De Kock near the Kingsmead change-rooms on day four of the first Test on Sunday.
Australia maintain that Warner was provoked by personal comments that de Kock made about his wife, but the opening batsman has accepted the charges of bringing the game into disrepute and is now one demerit point away from a ban.
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.
Leaked footage of the acrimonious blow-up, which had unfolded at tea on day four of the first Test in Durban, shows Warner being restrained by teammates and it has ignited another war of words between the rivals.
"Australia vice-captain David Warner and South Africa's Quinton de Kock have been reported for breaching the ICC code of conduct", cricket's governing body said in a statement.
"Respect is the key & I hope nothing personal was said to any player towards anyone from either side".
This was not the first time that Warner has been involved in getting fired up against the South Africans.
Proteas team manager Mohammed Moosajee suggested Warner got personal in his sledging and "whatever happens out on the field, you giving something you've got to take it".
"At no stage was Quinton's family mentioned, that's 100 per cent false".
"From what I've heard there was a lot of personal stuff being said, to and from".
"As far as I'm aware I don't think (Australia's sledging of de Kock) was personal at all".
"The cricket is the most important thing".
"Gilly - Warner crossed many personal boundaries with the South Africans, so we can't be surprised when there is eventually a reaction", he said.
Former Proteas spinner Robin Peterson also tweeted: "I have to say some of the behaviour this Test Match has been absolutely disgraceful".
"A lot of people like to pretend that they like being in the fight and having verbal stoushes on the cricket field, but Davey is genuinely someone who loves that and thrives on it". He doesn't go looking for trouble but if you stir him up, you might just get a bit.
"Our team is certainly behind him".
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