Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
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David Warner Reportedly Accused Of Ball Tampering

David Warner Reportedly Accused Of Ball Tampering

Ahead of this series, the Australians had even gone to South African broadcaster SuperSport, requesting that the on field microphones be turned off, meaning viewers wouldn't have to be exposed to the obscenities bandied about during play.

Two Cricket South Africa executives have been photographed at the second Test posing alongside spectators wearing Sonny Bill Williams masks, worn as a ploy to taunt Australian opener and vice-captain David Warner. Get a free 2-week Foxtel Now trial & start watching in minutes.

Umpires have repeatedly pulled up both Australia and the Proteas about their sloppy bounce returns, while Warner was fined in 2014 after accusing AB de Villiers of using his keeping glove to wipe the rough side of the ball.

It has been in the news all week, with Candice and the couple's two children, Ivy Mae and Indi Rae, travelling with the team in South Africa.

Having most likely copped all kinds of abuse from the Australians during his near four-hour stint at the crease, one retort from de Kock was enough for Warner and his teammates to insist that the little wicketkeeper had "crossed the line".

Some spectators at the Second Test at Port Elizabeth were spotted wearing masks depicting Sonny Bill Williams, who was involved in a much-publicised encounter with Warner's now wife Candice in 2007.


Warner had heavy strapping on his left thumb and palm, which the the South Africans are alleging aids Warner in tampering with the condition of the ball.

On Sunday he turned it back to his advantage, in a show of support for his family.

Quinton de Kock's retort to Warner's sledging was to mention Williams and his brief relationship with Warner's wife, at which Warner became angry and violent.

Cricket South Africa executives Clive Eksteen and Altaaf Kazi pose with fans in Williams masks on Friday. However, CSA has now released a statement over the matter clearing that they want to distance themselves from the officials.

Despite the distractions, Warner has been Australia's top run-scorer in the series so far, with 142 runs at an average of 47.33.

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