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SA dismiss Warner claim

David Warner

Cape Town: South Africa, on Wednesday, dismissed Australia opener David Warner’s claim that the hosts might have tampered with the ball during the second Test.

Proteas manager Mohammed Moosajee told reporters the allegations were “disappointing” and “discouraging” and “took some gloss off the victory”.

The Proteas, though, would not seek any action against Warner, who followed up his first innings 70 with a belligerent 66 in the second, and would leave it to the game’s governing ICC to look into the remarks, Moosajee said.

Warner had said the Australians felt AB de Villiers had used his wicketkeeper gloves to rough up one side of the ball, helping their bowlers gain reverse-swing during South Africa’s crushing 231-run victory on Sunday.

“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,” the left-hander said.

“That’s another thing we have to try to bring up with the umpires.”

Proteas coach Russell Domingo said that Warner’s claim has “added 10 per cent motivation” ahead of the series decider.

Domingo dismissed the comments and said it gave his side extra motivation to claim a first home series win over Australia in 44 years in the decider at Newlands.

“It’s disappointing when guys throw these accusations around, it’s added an extra 10 per cent motivation to the guys following the comments he has made. It will spur us on,” Domingo told reporters.