Australia opener David Warner has been fined 15 percent match fee from the second Test for suggesting South African AB de Villiers used his wicketkeeper’s gloves to rough up one side of the ball in the Port Elizabeth match.
Warner breached an article of the Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel relating to “public criticism of, or inappropriate comment…” the International Cricket Council said.
There was no need for a formal hearing as Warner, who made the allegation in a radio interview, accepted the sanction from match referee Roshan Mahanama.
“It was disrespectful for David to publicly denigrate an opponent when commenting on a match-related incident, and imply that a South African player was engaging in sharp practice. I’m sure David will be careful when making public comments in future,” Mahanama said.
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‘Watch out for morkel’
Meanwhile, Dale Steyn, the world’s number one test bowler, says his team mate Morne Morkel will be the player to watch when South Africa play Australia in the series-deciding third test starting at Newlands on Saturday.
Steyn tore through the Australian batting on Sunday to drive his side to a 231-run second-test win in Port Elizabeth that levelled the series at 1-1.
But on a Newlands wicket that is likely to be quicker with greater bounce, he believes Morkel may well be the most effective of the South African pace attack. “I thought Morne bowled extremely well on a flat wicket in Port Elizabeth and did the business. It was a different Morne from what we have seen,” Steyn said Thursday. “Morne was the guy who started things off in that first innings and he didn’t get the credit he deserved.”