De Villiers: ‘I told the umpires we had nothing to do with the condition of the ball’

“The umpires felt the condition of the ball changed, in a way making me feel we were responsible as a team”

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South Africa captain AB de Villiers has admitted that he was “upset” that the umpires questioned him about the condition of the ball during the second ODI against England in Southampton on Saturday.

De Villiers felt that umpires Chris Gaffaney and Rob Bailey had implied he and his team had altered the condition of the ball while England were batting.

Despite examining the ball after the 33rd over, the umpires opted not to change it.

“The umpires felt the condition of the ball changed, in a way making me feel we were responsible as a team,” De Villiers said. “I was quite upset about that.

“It’s done and dusted now. Nothing happened, there were no fines given or anything like that.”

De Villiers was seen speaking to the umpires during England’s innings and when asked about it, the 33-year-old said: “I expressed I was quite upset about it. I told the umpires we had nothing to do with the condition of the ball. No further steps were taken and we move on.

“Generally there is a warning or a fine, but none of that happened. That tells me they realised we were innocent in this case.

“I honestly think it was just a bad ball today, which happens sometimes, the leather comes off sometimes. Unfortunately, the umpires didn’t agree with that.”

The Proteas lost the second ODI by two runs and will be looking for a consolation win in the third and final ODI at Lord’s on Monday.

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