Katich calls for Warner ban amid ugly scenes
FORMER Test opener Simon Katich says David Warner should be suspended after the Aussie vice-captain's stairwell outburst in Durban.
Warner is facing potential sanction from the International Cricket Council after exploding at South African wicket-keeper Quentin de Kock during the tea break on day four of the first Test.
It's understood a hearing for Warner could be convened within 24 hours, with a fine and suspension among the possible penalties.
It has emerged Warner was responding to personal sledges related to his wife Candice when he had to be restrained by several teammates as they left the field.
The incident was captured by CCTV and obtained by match referee Jeff Crowe who has spoken to all the parties involved.
South African officials didn't deny that there was personal matters involved in the sledging of Warner, but said the Aussie had gone just as hard.
The fiery opener drew support from his captain, Steve Smith, although the skipper conceded Warner "could have reacted better".
But with penalties likely to be handed out within 24 hours, Katich said Warner, and de Kock, had to be suspended, and miss the second Test which starts on Friday (6pm AEST) in Port Elizabeth to diffuse the combustible situation.
"If that (behaviour) doesn't get stamped out, you bet it's going to happen again. At the moment it might take a one Test ban for both players to realise they can't behave like that," Katich said.
"That will put it to bed and other players will step up and take notice of it. In the end, the team that gets affected by a player missing a Test match is going to be very disappointed in their teammate.
"The teammates will start to police those issues rather than let them happen over and over again."
Katich said the match referee had to be "stern" to avoid the potential for the series to "boil over".
"The match referee has to step in and lay a marker, so that this behaviour doesn't continue," he said.
"Let's hope the match referee makes some stern decisions here … this series could boil over."
Aussie spinner Nathan Lyon has already been sanctioned by the International Cricket Council for his "ball drop" send-off of South African AB de Villiers.
Lyon apologised to de Villiers on the morning of day five after being fined for contravening the spirit of cricket with his bizarre send-off of the South African great.
Both CA and Cricket South Africa have said the Warner/de Kock matter was now in the hands of the ICC and all players were reminded by the match referee to play in the "spirit" of the game.
"The incident was discussed between the two team managers and the match referee last night and it is now in the hands of the on-field umpires and match referee," a CA spokesperson said.
"Both teams were reminded by the match referee of the spirit in which the game should be played."
Smith admitted his players were sometimes guilty of "emotional" outbursts, but denied the Australian team has an image problem with sledging.
"Not as far as I'm concerned. I think that's the way we play our best cricket," he said.
"When we're aggressive, we're in the fight together, we're hunting as a pack as one and we're working for each other and backing out mates up on the field.
"That's part of being an Australian in my opinion. I'm comfortable where it's all at, it's just ensuring we stay within the spirit of the game."