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Warner's claim 'sour grapes'

2014-02-26 09:12
David Warner (AFP)
Cape Town - Proteas team manager Mohammed Moosajee has hit back at Australian batsman David Warner after he claimed South Africa tampered with the ball in the second Test at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth last weekend.

The South African attack found greater reverse swing, especially on Day 4 when the Aussies collapsed from 126/0 to 216 all out.

Dale Steyn, who took 4-55, looked unplayable at times as South Africa won by 231 runs to level the three-Test series at 1-1.

Warner, speaking to SkySports Radio, said that while both teams tried to make the ball reverse by throwing it in on the bounce across the outlying wickets, he felt South African wicketkeeper AB de Villiers went a step further.

"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," said Warner, who went on to say it was another thing they (Australia) would bring to the attention of the umpires.

Moosajee, in an interview with the Cape Times, said Warner's comments were disappointing and discouraging and that it had taken the gloss off the Proteas' win.

The SA team manager said it "smacks of sour grapes" and could be a tactical plan to distract South Africa's attention from the final Test, which starts at Newlands on Saturday.

Moosajee continued by saying "hardly anyone takes anything David Warner says seriously anyways". He said the Proteas won't pursue any action against Warner and will leave it up to the ICC to look into his remarks.

Warner  has earned a bad-boy reputation in the last year after punching England batsman Joe Root in a nightclub and also engaging in a Twitter war with two leading Australian journalists.

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