THE South African cricket team’s ongoing battle with the media got physical at Adelaide Airport, with two Proteas staffers clashing with a Channel 9 reporter.

Attempting to question South African captain Faf du Plessis, who has been charged with ball tampering, Channel 9 reporter Will Crouch was pushed away by two South African staffers.

He then pushed them back, looking to pick up the microphone he had dropped in the initial altercation. Crouch was then shouldered in the back away from the team by South African security man Zunaid Wadee.

Wadee then prevented Crouch from approaching du Plessis from behind, before pushing the reporter up against the wall until the team reached the exit.

While Australian colleagues of Crouch were left aghast at his treatment, South African players believed the reporter was at fault.

This is the second incident in two days involving Wadee, who was also involved in an altercation with another Channel 9 reporter over the weekend in Melbourne.

On Saturday, Channel 9 reporter Corey Norris was confronted by Wadee when he approached du Plessis for comment over the ball tampering charge.

That incident was also caught on camera with the security guard seen putting his arm across Norris’ neck to bar his path to du Plessis.

Du Plessis was charged with ball tampering by the International Cricket Council on Friday after footage emerged of the South African captain allegedly using a mint or a lolly to shine the ball during the Hobart Test.


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