Did Warner tamper with the ball on the second day in Port Elizabeth?

David Warner ball tampering claims South Africa Australia 2nd Test Port Elizabeth cricket

South Africa believe that the strapping on David Warner’s helped alter the condition of the ball

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Australia vice-captain David Warner is in the spotlight once again after South Africa supposedly complained that he tampered with the ball on the second day of the second Test in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

It has been reported that the South African batsmen were none too pleased about the amount of strapping Warner had on his left hand, particularly his thumb and index finger.

Warner was frequently seen holding the ball in his left hand and shining it on his trousers.

While it was reported that the Proteas believe the strapping on Warner’s hand helped alter the condition of the ball, former Australia pace bowler Ryan Harris, who used to be Warner’s teammate, brushed aside South Africa’s supposed allegations.

“I think their allegations are a little bit frivolous,” he told Sports Sunday. “I think they’re obviously looking for something to pin on him, he’s one step away from suspension as we heard after the last week.

“The times I played with Davey he had all that strapping on his fingers. Unless there’s something rough, sand or glass or something on that taping, that’s not going to do anything to the ball.”

Warner is one demerit point away from a ban as he was fined 75 percent of his match fee and received three demerit points for his altercation with South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock on the fourth day of the first Test in Durban.

Australia launched a brilliant comeback on Saturday, but veteran South Africa batsman AB de Villiers struck an unbeaten 74 to give the Proteas a 20-run lead before stumps was called.

De Villiers was well supported by opener Dean Elgar and batsman Hashim Amla as they scored 57 and 56 respectively.

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