Cricket 26.2.2014 07:30 am

Proteas slam ‘cheat’ claims

David Warner of Australia hits a six during day 3 of the 1st Test match between South Africa and Australia at SuperSport Park on February 14, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Picture: Lee Warren/Gallo Images.

David Warner of Australia hits a six during day 3 of the 1st Test match between South Africa and Australia at SuperSport Park on February 14, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. Picture: Lee Warren/Gallo Images.

Proteas team management yesterday expressed their dissatisfaction at comments made by Australian opener David Warner questioning the hosts’ tactics in managing the ball during their 231-run win in the second Test in Port Elizabeth.

The controversial 27-year-old said that the tourists would invest in a meeting with the relevant umpires to discuss the issue, particularly AB de Villiers’ role after South Africa succeeded far more in gaining reverse swing on a fairly docile surface.

“We were actually questioning whether or not AB de Villiers would get the ball in his hand and with his glove wipe the rough side every ball. That’s one of the things we have to try and bring up with the umpires,” Warner told Sky Sports Radio despite acknowledging that the Aussies had also actively tried to scuff up their ball.

“I think it comes down to the umpires warning both teams not to throw the ball into the wicket which you generally try and do. They did it better than what we did, or more obvious than what we did. At the end of the day it comes down to who can do that the best and work on the ball.”

Unsurprisingly, the Proteas weren’t impressed.

“To be honest, we find this utterance very disappointing and actually a bit disparaging,” said team manager Mohammed Moosajee.

“This is a bit of a crude method to hype up the deciding third Test in Cape Town and place undue pressure on us. We’re not, however, going to take this further and have left it in the hands of the ICC to investigate. We’re also mindful that these comments come from a jovial guy like David.”

It’s understood that Cricket South Africa are similarly undecided on the seriousness of the accusation, but haven’t ruled out casual written correspondence to match referee Roshan Mahanama.

 

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