Proteas coach says Warner's 'ball scuffing' remarks fueling hosts' confidence for 3rd Test
South African coach Russell Domingo has said that Australian opener David Warner's claim that the hosts tampered with the ball during the second Test is fueling their confidence ahead of the series-deciding third Test at Cape Town.
Warner said that his team would seek clarification from umpires over South Africa, especially batsman AB de Villiers, potentially overworking the ball, implying that excessive ball 'scuffing' may be behind South Africa's fast bowlers' superior ability to bowl reverse swing.
According to Sport24, Domingo dismissed Warner's remarks, saying that they have given his side extra 'ten percent' motivation to claim a first home series win over Australia in 44 years in the decider at Newlands starting on Saturday.
Stating that South Africa pride themselves in playing in a fair manner, Domingo also said that he does not think teams should be accusing their opponents of cheating.
Agreeing with Domingo, team manager Mohammad Moosajee however, said that South Africa would not seek any action against Warner, who followed up his first innings 70 with a belligerent 66 in the second, and would leave it to the game's governing ICC to look into the remarks.
(Posted on 27-02-2014)