Proteas

Aussies to use Philander tweet in Cape Town

2018-03-19 12:05
Vernon Philander (Gallo)

Cape Town - Australian opener Cameron Bancroft doesn't see the on-field sledging slowing down in the third Test against the Proteas in Cape Town this week.

With the series locked at 1-1, the third Test starts at Newlands on Thursday and Bancroft has acknowledged that the Aussies might be bringing up Vernon Philander's controversial Tweet last week. 

The Proteas seamer tweeted that Australian captain Steve Smith was "just as guilty" as Kagiso Rabada following that 'shoulder brush' in the second Test that saw Rabada banned. 

Philander later claimed that he had not written the tweet and that his account had instead been hacked. 

Bancroft, though, openly admitted that the Australians might use that as ammunition in Cape Town.

"If our banter is anything like it has gone this series I'm sure it will be brought up at some stage to get under someone's nerves," Bancroft was quoted as saying on Cricinfo.

"That's boys being boys playing cricket. Who can hurt someone's feelings the most. It seems to be a bit that way.

"We saw the tweet. It was obviously quite popular there for a little while. I can't really comment. I don't know if he wrote it or if his account was hacked or not. I can't really say for him. That's his opinion, isn't it, and he's got to deal with the consequences of that now, not us."

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