Ryan Harris: Proteas bowled beautifully

2014-02-27 14:53

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South Africa handled the conditions in Port Elizabeth better than Australia did, which explained why South Africa were able to get the ball to reverse swing during the second test, Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris has said.

Their opener, David Warner, was fined 15% of his match fees for saying that South Africa had illegally tampered with the ball during the second test.

“David’s comments were wrong and our leadership and the International Cricket Council (ICC) have sorted that out, but for me it was a case of the Proteas dealing with the ball better than we did. They did something we did not do and with their potent attack, they bowled beautifully,” Harris said.

“AB de Villiers was obviously doing something with his gloves but that is not illegal. If it was, the match referee would have done something about it. I didn’t take much note but if there was skulduggery, he would have been charged.”

In order to counter the reverse swing that troubled them at St George’s Park, the Australian fast bowlers scuffed up one side of the ball today in order to get the magical oracle of swing bowling. In a match situation that would be illegal; the ball would be confiscated and followed by five penalty runs.

“We were cheating today and that’s what we have to do. We scraped the ball on the concrete but it is not something we can do during the game. It’s good practice for the batsmen and the ball swings more than it usually does during a match,” Harris said.

“I probably grab the new ball too much at training and the skills around reverse swing take a long time to perfect.”

With the series all square heading into Saturday’s third test at Newlands, for the first time since 1993/94 South Africa and Australia are competing in a live test in a three-match series.

Australia’s success in South Africa has been such that the series has been wrapped up after the second test. Harris reckoned both teams had not played to their potential.

“It shows you how close the teams are and on their day, they can roll another team. We are two very good teams and if we play our best cricket, it is going to be a hell of a test match. Because of the two contrasting results, I don’t think either team has played its best cricket,” Harris said.

Meanwile, Proteas fast bowler Dale Steyn said they did not pay too much attention to what the Australians were saying about reverse swing.

Steyn said years of experience in terms of sub-continent tours and playing in the Indian Premier League has shown that reverse swing can unsettle even the best of batsmen.

“Guys do not move their feet much at the beginning of the innings and when you land the ball in the business area, you have got the highest chance of taking wickets in that early spell. It does not matter who was batting. If you are not moving your feet and that ball comes to you at that speed, there is not much you can do about that,” Steyn said.

“What Warner said does not matter at all. A lot of us play our cricket, whether it is Indian Premier League or test cricket, on the sub-continent. That is where you learn your skills in terms of reversing the ball. It would be better if people talked about how well you executed your skill instead of how you got that skill.”

Preparation is important for any series and Steyn said the one thing they were caught short on was adequate preparation, especially against Mitchell Johnson.

Steyn said Australia felt at home in the first test at SuperSport Park but the Proteas have more than caught up with Michael Clarke’s team. SuperSport Park suited Australia's strength more than any other pitch. In Port Elizabeth, Steyn said the Aussies were short of local knowledge.

“It was a situation of Australia coming from the Ashes series where they played five consecutive test matches on five similar pitches where there was a bit of bounce. Mitchell Johnson did well in the series and continued to do the same thing in this series. He is not the kind of guy who will bowl line and length. When they got to Port Elizabeth, they did not adapt as quickly as we did,” Steyn said.

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