‘David Warner’s remarks are disappointing and discouraging’, says Mohammed Moosajee

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“It smacks of sour grapes and it could just be a tactical plan to get us involved in matters that will distract our attention from this crucial (third) Test in Cape Town”

South Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee has announced that Australia opener David Warner’s remarks about Proteas wicketkeeper-batsman AB de Villiers potentially tampering with the ball during the second Test in Port Elizabeth were “disappointing and discouraging”.

“We were actually questioning whether or not (wicketkeeper) AB de Villiers would get the ball in his hand and, with his glove, wipe the rough side every ball,” Warner had said. “That’s another thing we have to try to bring up with the umpires.”

However, Moosajee believes Warner was trying to spoil South Africa’s dominant 231-run win in the second Test.

“David Warner’s remarks are disappointing and discouraging,” Moosajee said. “It takes the gloss off a great Proteas team performance, having come back from losing the first Test and then going on to win the next.

“It smacks of sour grapes and it could just be a tactical plan to get us involved in matters that will distract our attention from this crucial (third) Test in Cape Town.”

Moosajee added that Cricket South Africa will not be taking any action against Warner for his comments.

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