The way de Villiers handled the ball during the second Test was very suspicious, says David Warner

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“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”

Australia opening batsman David Warner has questioned the way South Africa wicketkeeper AB de Villiers was handling the ball during the second Test in Port Elizabeth.

Warner’s comments come after South Africa ripped through Australia’s batting line-up by getting the ball to reverse swing.

“I think it comes down to the umpires warning both teams not to throw the ball into the wicket which you generally try and do,” Warner told Sky Sports Radio. “They did it better than what we did, or more obvious than what we did. At the end of the day it comes down to who can do that the best and work on the ball.

“We worked on the ball a lot in England and we got the ball to reverse a lot there and we got the ball reversing a little at home and this time it just didn’t work for us because the outfield was probably a little bit moist under the ground and day one it was obviously quite hard to get it to go reverse as well. That’s what happens in the game. You have to try and work out how to do that. Sometimes that happens.

“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. That’s another thing we have to try and bring up with the umpires.”

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