South Africa Coach Defends Vernon Philander in Ball Tampering Row

Vernon Philander was fined for scratching the ball during the first Test against Sri Lanka. Russell Domingo says other teams are better at hiding it and that his own bowler said he was merely cleaning the ball.

updated: July 19, 2014 19:35 IST
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South Africa's coach Allan Donald instructs bowler Vernon Philander during a training session.

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Galle: South Africa coach Russell Domingo on Saturday denied his team was earning a reputation for ball tampering after Vernon Philander become the second bowler in the last nine months to be fined for the offence. (Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 1st Test scorecard)

Philander was on Friday fined 75 percent of his match fees after footage emerged of him attempting to change the condition of the ball by scratching the surface with his fingers and thumb during the ongoing first Test against Sri Lanka.

"No I don't think so (that we are earning a reputation). I'd hate to say that other sides are a bit better at doing it than we are," Domingo said after the fourth day's play at the Galle International Stadium.

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