Pretoria: Australia batsman David Warner dismissed his latest brush with trouble as "friendly banter" after an on-field altercation with a wicketkeeper in South Africa on Saturday led to the umpires intervening to calm the situation.
Warner and Thami Tsolekile had to be separated by another player and the two umpires when they confronted each other on the last day's play of an unofficial test between Australia A and South Africa A in Pretoria. The game was stopped briefly by the umpires after South Africa A's Vaughn van Jaarsveld pulled Tsolekile away from an angry exchange of words with Warner while the Australian was batting.
Sent from the Ashes series in England to tour with Australia A after a string of disciplinary problems, Warner later posted on Twitter: "Great to be back playing cricket, had lots of fun this week and a bit of friendly banter from the wicket keeper. Was very funny!!"