‘Bullied us’: Faf du Plessis slams David Warner, Australia over infamous 2018 series

Former South African captain Faf du Plessis has slammed Australian opener David Warner, labelling him as a ‘bully’ over the infamous 2018 Test series. 

Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft were all suspended following the series, with the ‘Sandpapergate’ ball-tampering saga plaguing the Aussie side for a lengthy period.

But perhaps the forgotten part of the series in South Africa was the intense drama between du Plessis and Warner, which stemmed from alleged ‘abuse’ on the field.

Warner – among other Aussie players – were believed to be sledging both Quinton de Kock and Aiden Markram on the field, as well as in the tunnel during the tea break.

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What followed was somewhat of a comical scene, as the skipper du Plessis emerged from the Proteas sheds wearing only a towel to confront Warner and settle the issue.

Australia would go on to win the match in Durban by 118 runs, but would ultimately lose the series following the saga involving Warner, Smith and Bancroft. 

Speaking to the BBC ahead of the release of his book ‘Faf: Through Fire”, the 38-year-old slammed Warner and his teammates over their antics. 

“Australia wanted to bully us,” he said. 

“We had to stand up for ourselves. They abused us that whole game but the way we fought back turned the series around.

“He was a bully…I don’t have time for bullies.”

Du Plessis had his own issues during his career, including two ball-tampering incidents in 2013 and 2016.

The former skipper admitted his career wasn’t perfect, but his book will give an insight into the ups and downs of his stellar international career that produced over 4,000 Test runs for South Africa. 

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“I’m not perfect…I’ve never claimed to be,” he said.

“I’ve never been the most talented player. Yes, I have talent, but it’s hard work and mental toughness that got me to where I am.”

“I wanted to write a book about leadership, about relationships, about struggle. I was a person who was filled with self-doubt and insecurity, and that’s okay.”

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