Australia in South Africa 2013-14 February 26, 2014

Warner comments 'sour grapes' - SA

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Africa have reacted to David Warner's comments about their tactics for extracting reverse swing in Port Elizabeth by calling them "sour grapes" and the coach Russell Domingo will use them as extra motivation.

In a radio interview, Warner raised questions about how South Africa managed to find considerably more reverse than Australia during the second Test - the most stark example being Dale Steyn's memorable spell on the fourth afternoon - and suggested they will be making the umpires more aware of anything they feel is untoward.

Domingo said: "It's always disappointing to hear comments like that. We are a very motivated team and this has probably added 10% to our motivation levels to show David Warner and the Australians that we don't play our cricket like that. We pride ourselves on playing cricket honestly. It's not a nice comment to make. It's not nice when one team accuses another of whatever."

Earlier, the South Africa team manager Mohammad Moosejee told the Cape Times: "David Warner's remarks are disappointing and discouraging. It takes the gloss off a great Proteas team performance. 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 Test in Cape Town."

Moosajee then took at dig at Warner by adding: "Hardly anyone takes anything David Warner says seriously anyway."

Warner has been in impressive form during this series with 263 runs in four innings although has benefited from some poor catching by the South Africans.

He and Chris Rogers added 126 for the first wicket in Australia's Port Elizabeth chase, but Warner's dismissal to JP Duminy gave South Africa their opening and they stormed through it during the final session as they claimed nine wickets to level the series.

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  • Tom on March 2, 2014, 4:18 GMT

    Well there is good karma - Warner correctly noting ABDV giving the ball a working over with the gloves; then going on to score a brilliant 135 yesterday. Then there is bad Karma - Cptn Smith's arrogance remarks in the lead up to this match and now poor Dale Steyn slipping on a grape just outside the boundary ropes. I'd hate to be any part of the furniture in the SA dressing room at the moment.

  • Dummy4 on March 2, 2014, 1:52 GMT

    Australia will be thanking South Africa team manager Mohammad Moosejee for saying "Hardly anyone takes anything David Warner says seriously anyway." Warner must have taken the hint and let his bat do the talking.

  • Ali on March 1, 2014, 3:19 GMT

    I have found that in Australia , in WI vs Australia games that 100% of all umpiring "errors" tend to favor Australia. It does not "even out" over time as it does in other parts of the world , where you get one against you and then one in your favor.....

  • Usman on February 28, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    Proteaz and OZ are the best teams... no doubt.. but such statements are considered to be poor tactics for distraction...looking forward to a competitive finale...

  • c on February 28, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    On Greatest_Games response to sl_supporter: Funny. True. Only, of the 131 games SL vs IND played to a result its 78/53 = difference of only 25 games or 19%. Give us 10 more years and we'll make it even!

    Good luck on 3rd Test against the Aussie. SA don't need it though I'd rather Aussies win just so we can make the ICC rankings a bit more competitive! But I dislike the Aussie arrogance and disregard for all things human so much I'd rather live with the rankings as is.

  • ashok on February 27, 2014, 23:29 GMT

    Sports is second to Sportsmanship. In this regard Aussies, Pakistanis stand the last... An average batsman like Warner can talk so much, think of how much can Amla, Smith can talk... I think Steyn's Bouncer stuck his head and he has been talking to the radio after that ha ha...

  • David on February 27, 2014, 19:35 GMT

    @ sl_supporter cries "Get ready for yet another great Aussie victory in the third test!"

    Perhaps you should get ready for yet another thrashing from India?

  • sean on February 27, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    Let Warner say what he likes, it wont help him or his team to play reverse swing any better. The OZ cried that Broad cheated by not walking in the ashes in uk, did Lyon walk when he knicked it? No, did Rogers walk when he knicked it? No. Oz complained that St Georges was not a Mitch pitch and said we doctored the pitch to suit us. The fact is that OZ batsmen struggle against any kind of sideways movement, reverse or conventional. Stop the moaning and whining and get on with it. It really is annoying.

  • Rahul on February 27, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    Agreed no body takes Warner seriously but Faf was penalized not so long ago plus 5 runs were added to opposition score as penalty!

  • sl on February 27, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Get ready for yet another great Aussie victory in the third test!

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