It’s not going to be a memorable tour for David Warner. It’s been a wild week for the Australian batsman.
Let’s have a recap of how things have unfolded.
First, Warner and Quinton de Kock nearly came to blows outside the dressing rooms during the first Test. Warner claimed that De Kock made “vile and disgusting” comments about his wife. Then, footage emerged of Warner calling De Kock a sook.
And, during the second Test in Port Elizabeth, fans pitched up wearing Sonny Bill Williams masks – seemingly designed to mock his wife who had an, erm, encounter, with the rugby player way back when.
Now, there are reports that he’s apparently been accused of Ball Tampering.
If you’ve been watching the second Test between South Africa and Australia, you’ll have noticed that Warner has bandages and plasters on his left hand.
According to Australian broadcaster, Channel 9, South African batsman complained to the umpires about the strapping.
Speaking to Sunday Sports on Channel 9 former Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris laughed it all off.
“I think their allegations are a little bit frivolous,” said Harris
“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.”
On Twitter, eagle-eyed users also spotted the strapping.
#SAvAUS @davidwarner31 whats this then? Init illegal? pic.twitter.com/sSmDYoVmQd
— Sam Rogue (@SamRogue1) March 10, 2018
Shame, guys. Maybe Warner’s got a legit reason for all those bandages. Aussies are the epitome of good sportsmanship, no?
Ball tampering allegations between the two sides aren’t anything, of course. Who can forget Faf du Plessis’ #mintgate from the last time South Africa toured Australia?
At the time of writing, South Africa had a lead of 85 with AB de Villiers unbeaten on 100.
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