Proteas have disregarded ball-tampering allegations surrounding their 2nd test success over Australia after opponent opening batsman David Warner claimed South Africa worked on the ball at Port Elizabeth to generate reverse swing.
Chasing a 448-run wining target, Australia cruised to 126 for no loss before being undone by a harmful Dale Steyn bowling spell to be skittled out for 216 on Sunday as South Africa levelled the three-match series at 1-1.
Warner, who followed up his initial innings 70 along with an aggressive 66 in the 2nd, wasn’t completely sure that the hosts had found the reverse movement naturally, however.
“We were actually questioning whether or not (wicketkeeper) AB de Villiers would get the ball in his hand and, with his glove, wipe the rough side every ball,” Warner told Sky Sports Radio.
“That’s another thing we have to try to bring up with the umpires.”
South Africa team manager Mohammed Moosagee disregarded Warner’s claim as “sour grapes” and said few took the outspoken Australian’s words severely.