Dubai: After South Africa were penalised five runs for ball tampering against Pakistan in the second cricket Test here today, AB de Villiers insisted the Proteas were not cheats.
Umpires Ian Gould and Rod Tucker punished the Proteas after tea on the third day when they found a change in the condition of the ball. Television replays showed Faf du Plessis was rubbing the ball over a zip on his thigh.
"Honestly, we're not the team that scratches the ball," de Villiers said. (Day 3 report)