Australia opener David Warner believes the Proteas deliberately "worked on the ball" to generate reverse swing in the second Test at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth that concluded last Sunday.
The South African attack found greater reverse swing, especially on Day 4 when the Aussies collapsed from 126/0 to 216 all out.
Dale Steyn, who took 4-55, looked unplayable at times as South Africa won by 231 runs to level the three-Test series at 1-1.
Warner, speaking to SkySports Radio, said that while both teams tried to make the ball reverse by throwing it in on the bounce across the outlying wickets, he felt South African wicketkeeper AB de Villiers went a step further.
"We were actually questioning whether or not AB de Villiers would get the ball in his hand and, with his glove, wipe the rough side every ball," said Warner, who went on to say it was another thing they (Australia) would bring to the attention of the umpires.
SA team manager Mohammed Moosajee said the claim "smacked of sour grapes".
This is what Sport24 readers had to say about the Warner's complaints:
"Warner likes to talk. If he could just concentrate on his own game he could be one of the best. He can't handle banter but he can give it. He will try everything just to get attention. Play the game! Sore loser." - Jason Grobler
"I think Warner has sour grapes, the Proteas never complained when they whitewashed the mat supersport park. Take your thrashing like a man Warner stop moaning." - Charmaine
"As per normal they are the worst losers ever" - Jan du Plessis
"If there was ball tampering why didn’t he bring it up with the coach and they could have brought it up with the umpires or 3rd umpire to look into it while the game was still in play but wait until they were all balled out. As this is series offence and if so there would have been footage of any wrong doing." - Eddie
"Warner is a joke!" - Ivor Rasmussen
"That the biggest bull .Australia it typical of you guys always looking to blame opposition as you clearly know you were outplayed good and solid . hope south Africa will give them the boot again in 3rd Test." - Abraham Wolfhaardt
"If possible and if there is no witness of any ball rubbing tampering this is a very serious accusation and any person who made such an attempt and can not proof it is guilty and should be pennilised for such an accusation. THIS IS VERY UNSPORTING SINCE THEY LOST THE GAME." - JP
"That is the Big Mouth Aussies to look for a exxcuse for loosing the 2 Test.AB de Villiers will not tamper with the ball.I wonder wat did Mitchel Johnson do with the ball in the 1st Test???" - Tewie Wessels
"Warner is a dork. He probably doesn't even know which the rough side of the ball is, and thats beside the fact that the Aussies are really poor losers." - Peter Anderson
"David Warner is a complaining cricket pussy!" - Willems Fourie
"I'm sorry 2 hear this but SA beat the Ausies fair & square. Dnt look 4 excuses Warner." - Nishkah Muller
"Warner needs to grow up and accept defeat! AB IS NOT GUILTY, but maybe Aus has something to hide? Stop being a sore loser Warner!" - Janse van Vuuren
"Australian winer. Drinking and moaning." - Charless
"Sour Grapes! Can the Auzzies never accept defeat gracefully! Someone is always cheating and no one is ever capable of beating them fair and square!" - Vernon
"It's typical of uncouth Australians coming up with bs like this. Just look at the Sydney morning herald sports headline bad mouthing South Africans after the 1st test! Didn't this lot invent sledging and the like in the first place? Take your toys and accusations elsewhere Warner." - David Leslie
"Oh really now! This Warner must not be a bad loser. If he thinks he has a case then report it for investigation and if we are found to be cheating then SA must be penalised heavily. Otherwise, just accept SA was the better team on the day and shut up." - Ithumeleng Mabalane
"Shame on you , WARNER.....CRYBABY AUSSIES!!!!! THIS IS A HUGE CASE OF SOUR GRAPES AND BRUISED EGO!!! They just cannot accept that there are people better than their arrogant selfs.......GO PROTEAS GO!!!!!" - Althea
"I wonder what the Aussies have to say about the extra-wide set of stumps they set up for themselves to bowl at. The photo has all the info needed to confirm against the SuperSport footage - this was just before de Kick went in the first innings. You'll see the Aussie keeper set them up like this." - Dennis Battiscombe
"Well David Warner constantly wants to chirp and talk down the SA attack. He is now crying like a typical Aussie over their defeat. Cheating... What next? Same old story over and over again. He must just accept that they were soundly beaten by the best team on the day. Just like when they beat SA, they were the better team. So David Warner, stop the excuses and get on with it! It was not the SAA team who were bragging after the Ashes, that they are the better team and better bowling attack. It was The Aussies." - Augustine van der Merwe
"I smell a sore loser." - Punam Dave
"Guess you can expect something like that from Warner. Where's the sportmanship? #Sourloser!" Mark Mackett Steenbok
"That is typical Australian arrogance and tactics to unsettle a SA team who has their tales up. Nothing more to read in that cheap and cowardly suggestion." - Cisco Fortuin
"Whatever he's smoking is too potent." - Tshegofatsu Shaku
"Warner must do what he does best pick fights in a pub when his pissed." - John van Vuuren
"Haha take it like a man. Crybabies! Please, this is not england and our boys will show you how it is done." - Brendan Toughey
"Please dude. Steyn and Philander are out and out swing/seam bowlers hence they are rated the best 2 bowlers in the world. Johnson and Siddle only shot up recently based on their performance against a weak English team in Australia Quite simple the best bowling in attack in the world is South African not any other nation." - Yaasir Shabudin
"Why did he not say anything during the match? Stupid idiot." - Hester Weyers
"Hi, he is in Cape Town now .. why does someone not take him to a wine estate and feed him "sour grapes..!" PUNK." - Marius
"Amazing that when Aus beat you, they call you "chokers" and when you beat them, they call you "cheaters", perhaps they should just play Cricket...just a thought.... well done to the Proteas." - Brian Lawson
"So he admits that we did it better than they did.........Go figure?" - Len Kline
"That is why Australian sportsmen are the 2nd most hated sports nation in the world behind England." - Mark Christiansen
David Warner still suffering from Ashes hangover? (Gallo Images)