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Warner fined for comments over ball-tampering

February 27, 2014

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The ICC has fined Australia batsman David Warner for “inappropriate” comments suggesting South Africa wicketkeeper AB de Villiers was ball-tampering in the second test in Port Elizabeth.

Warner said in a radio interview that De Villiers regularly wiped the ball with his glove in Australia’s second innings. Australia was bowled out for 216 to lose by 231 runs, with South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn getting the ball to reverse swing extensively for his four wickets.

The International Cricket Council said Thursday that Warner was fined 15 percent of his match fee after admitting the offense and accepting the punishment. Match referee Roshan Mahanama said it was “disrespectful” for Warner to “publicly denigrate an opponent.”

The three-match series is level at 1-1 ahead of the final test starting on Saturday.

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