Australia in SA

Harris refutes Warner remark

2014-02-27 15:24
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Johannesburg - The Australian cricket team have distanced themselves from allegations of ball tampering laid against South Africa, according to bowler Ryan Harris.

"Davey's (David Warner) comments were wrong, it's been dealt with. I don't really want to deal with that further," said Harris.

Warner had suggested that South African wicketkeeper AB de Villiers used his gloves to tamper with the ball during the second Test in Port Elizabeth.

Warner was subsequently fined 15 percent of his match fee for his comments.

Harris admitted South Africa were simply better at getting the ball to reverse swing.

"It was about the manner South Africa dealt with ball - handling the ball better.

"They did something we didn't do and got the ball reversing."

If South Africa had done anything illegal, the umpires or the match-referee would have taken action, Harris said.

"He's (De Villiers) obviously doing something with his gloves, but it's not illegal," he said.

"I didn't take a lot of notice, we saw him doing a couple of things now and then. If he was doing anything illegal, he would have been charged.

"You throw it (the ball) into the ground from the outfield, you try and rough one side up.

"That's the whole idea of reverse swing bowling. Everyone does it around the world."

On the playing side, Harris said his team would have to up their game to compete with the Proteas who won the second Test convincingly, to square the series at 1-1.

"We know what we did in Port Elizabeth was not anything like what we've been doing over the last 12 months," he said.

"We've just got to make some minor adjustments. A week before that we rolled them. We just need to make sure our skills are up to scratch, and then we can win."

The third and final Test starts at Newlands, in Cape Town, on Saturday, and Harris said Australia would be up for the challenge.

"We've had a good break. We had two days off," he said.

"If you're having trouble getting up and going to play the number one team in the world, and potentially beating them, you should be on the plane home."

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