‘Warner helped Proteas get reverse swing,’ says Kallis

2014-03-01 00:00

CAPE TOWN — It has been suggested that Australian opening batsman David Warner had helped aid the devastating reverse swing that led to his team’s dramatic downfall in the second Test in Port Elizabeth.

According to the supersport.com website, recently retired all-rounder and leading Test run scorer for the Proteas Jacques Kallis made an informed observation after Sunday’s proceedings, which saw the Proteas capture an incredible nine wickets in the final session of the fourth day.

“The process begins with the rough side and the Proteas have to thank David Warner for the help he gave them with it,” Kallis said.

“Warner hit the first ball of the 21st over from JP Duminy for six and it landed flush on a concrete slab.

“Dale told me that it landed right in the middle of the ‘rough’ side of the ball and made quite a mess of it.

“It was the perfect start to preparing the ball for reverse swing and it was happening as early as the 35th over as a result,” Kallis said.

Warner was fined 15% percent of his match fee (around R28 000) for making comments implying that the Proteas had tampered with the ball in order to gain an unfair advantage, however, Kallis dismissed the notion, saying that what the Proteas achieved was no fluke and that it would be virtually impossible to handle the ball in an illegal manner.

“There is no short cut. It takes hundreds of hours of experimentation and practice to prepare a ball for reverse swing and it takes almost as many hours to shine it.

“It doesn’t always work, but the results are worth it when you get it right — as we saw in PE.

“There is nothing illegal involved.

“It is impossible to do anything under-handed without being caught, either by the television cameras or the umpires who check the ball on a regular basis,” Kallis said.

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