David Warner's ball-tampering allegations are disappointing, says South Africa manager

South African team manager Mohammed Moosagee has dismissed ball-tampering allegations by David Warner. The Australian opener hinted that the Proteas 'doctored' the ball to gain reverse swing during the second Test at Port Elizabeth.

updated: February 26, 2014 16:15 IST
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David Warner's allegation that the South African bowlers tampered with the ball en route to a series-levelling win in the second Test at Port Elizabeth on Sunday has been dismissed by the Proteas team management. Mohammed Moosagee (in pic) labeled Warner's complaint as "sour grapes" after South Africa thrashed Australia by 231 runs inside four days to level the three-match series. The final Test starts in Cape Town on Saturday.

Moosagee said: "David Warner's remarks are disappointing and discouraging. It takes the gloss off a great Proteas team performance, having come back from losing the first Test and then going on to win the next. It smacks of sour grapes and it could just be a tactical plan to get us involved in matters that will distract our attention from this crucial (third) Test in Cape Town."

The South African official said no action will be sought against Warner and would leave it to the ICC to look into the remarks.
Just two days after South Africa won a bowler-dominated contest, Warner said 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 handsomely won the first Test at Centurion.

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