David Warner the Aussies vice-captain had been caught up in CCTV footage arguing with South African wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.
The footage has been unearthed by South Africa’s Independent Media in which Warner caught up saying malicious or abusive language to Quinton de Kock as the two sides returned to the dressing rooms during a break in play on day four.
The footage shows Warner’s teammates stopping him from uttering abusive arrows at de Kock and debarring him to avoid any physical activity.
The first Test in Durban provided a major talking point on day four when star batsman de Villiers was run out by Warner and Lyon without scoring.
After two sessions of intense cricket, during which Warner was at the centre of an overenthusiastic Australian celebration following the run-out of AB de Villiers – a reaction that sparked criticism from former Proteas skipper Graeme Smith –calling him a fool for an over-the-top send-off of AB de Villiers.
He said Nathan Lyon may also regret his unnecessary celebration.
Australia’s vice-captain then unleashed a spray on centurion Aiden Markram, who was involved in the run out, while Lyon dropped the ball in the direction of de Villiers who was sprawled on the turf in trying to make his ground.
“The Aussies were pretty fired up at that time pushing for a victory,” Smith told cricket.com.au in Durban, where Australia need just one wicket on day five for victory.
“But he (Lyon) is an experienced cricketer. I think he’ll probably say it was unnecessary himself.
“We’ve got used to Davey over the years. I think the less interest you take in him the better.
“He can be a bit of a fool at times. It’s best just to let him be.”
Smith warned the teams not to cross the line with sledging.
“I think everyone that’s played the game has hard moments and that’s what makes the hundred from Markram so special,” Smith said.
“He’s had to work, he’s showed great composure, the Aussies were all over him after that run out.
“Everyone wants to be competitive, people love watching that.
“I think there’s always a line that you’ve got to be careful you don’t cross.”