Warner raises tampering questions
Warner raises tampering questions

Explosive Australian opener David Warner accuses South Africa of “wiping” the ball during the second Test in Port Elizabeth.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Warner claims wicketkeeper AB de Villers used his gloves to add roughness to one side of the ball – a ploy to gain reverse swing for destructive fast bowler Dale Steyn.

“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 another thing we have to try and bring up with the umpires,” Warner said.

Throwing the ball into the pitch to assist with reverse swing was a tactic employed by both teams during the Test. Warner said that umpires were not strict in warning against the ploy, admitting South Africa had more success than Australia.

“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," he said.

“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.

“We worked on the ball a lot in England and we got the ball to reverse a lot there, and we got the ball reversing a little at home (against England).

"This time it just didn’t work for us because the outfield was probably a little bit moist under the ground and (on) day one it was obviously quite hard to get it to go reverse as well.

“That’s what happens in the game. You have to try and work out how to do that. Sometimes that happens.”

Skipper Michael Clarke was less concerned about the way in which swing prevailed throughout the match.

“We knew the hardest period throughout this Test match was going to be once the ball got old, starting your innings against reverse swing," he said.

"And we saw enough of that in the first innings to know, on a nice, hot day, reverse swing was going to play a bigger part in the second innings than it did in the first."

Australia faces South Africa in the third and deciding Test beginning in Cape Town on March 1.

The West Australian

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