David Warner fined over Proteas ball-tampering comments

2014-02-27 14:26

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has fined Australia batsman David Warner for “inappropriate” comments suggesting South Africa wicket keeper AB de Villiers was ball-tampering in the second test in Port Elizabeth.

Warner said in a radio interview that de Villiers regularly wiped the ball with his glove in Australia’s second innings. Australia was bowled out for 216 to lose by 231 runs, with South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn getting the ball to reverse swing extensively for his four wickets.

The ICC said today that Warner was fined 15% of his match fee after admitting the offence and accepting the punishment. Match referee Roshan Mahanama said it was “disrespectful” for Warner to “publicly denigrate an opponent”. The three-match series is level at 1-1 ahead of the final test starting on Saturday.

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