South Africa tampered with ball to win Port Elizabeth Test, says Aussie opener David Warner

In a damning allegation, two days after Australia were mauled by South Africa in the second Test at Port Elizabeth, Aussie opener David Warner hinted that the Proteas 'doctored' the ball to gain reverse swing.

updated: February 25, 2014 18:09 IST
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Just two days after South Africa thrashed Australia by 231 runs in the second Test at Port Elizabeth to level the three-Test series 1-1, Aussie opener David Warner says the home team may have tampered with the ball to gain some vicious reverse swing. Australia suffered a batting collapse at St George's Park, losing 10 wickets in all of 90 runs, to lose inside four days. The visitors had won handsomely in the first Test at Centurion.

Warner (66) and Chris Rogers (107) were the only Australian batsmen to handle the South African pacers well as Dale Steyn took four for 55 and Vernon Philander bagged two for 39 to send the visitors packing in a dramatic post-tea session. Steyn's reverse swing stung the Aussies badly and Warner was critical about the way the ball was doctored. Warner said the Australian team management will speak to the umpires on the issue of scuffing the ball. (Also read: Graeme Smith praises 'killer' Dale Steyn)

The stocky Australian left-hander admitted that both teams 'worked' on the ball to gain advantage but the South Africans probably crossed the limits. Warner said the Australians would throw the ball on the bounce across the side wickets but added that South African wicket-keeper AB de Villiers went a little further.

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