Sri Lanka v South Africa, 1st Test, Galle, 3rd day July 18, 2014

Philander fined for ball-tampering

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Vernon Philander has become the second South African in the last nine months to be charged and fined for ball-tampering after an incident during the ongoing Galle Test. Philander was fined 75% of his match fee for breaching clause 42.1 of the ICC's match playing conditions as footage viewed by the umpires after the close of play showed him "scratching the ball with his fingers and thumb". Philander did not contest the charge so no hearing was necessary.

Philander's actions, which "took place in the afternoon" according to an ICC release, were not aired live but picked up when on-field umpires Billy Bowden and Richard Kettleborough as well as third umpire Nigel Llong, fourth umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge and match referee Jeff Crowe reviewed visuals of the day's play.

The charge was not disputed by Philander and he accepted his punishment. It will not go unnoticed that South Africa's pace spearhead Dale Steyn achieved substantial reverse-swing in a spell after tea. Steyn sliced through Sri Lanka with three wickets in five overs in the third session.

South Africa were involved in a similar incident against Pakistan in the UAE last October when they were penalised five runs. On that occasion, television coverage showed Faf du Plessis rubbing the ball close to the zipper of his trouser pocket. The ball was changed on-field and South Africa penalised before du Plessis pleaded guilty to a charge of ball-tampering. He was fined 50% of his match fee.

In that match, South Africa's team manager Mohammed Moosajee explained that du Plessis did not challenge the charge against him because "a full hearing could lead to more severe punitive measure", and explained that du Plessis was only trying to "dry the ball".

Penalties for offences relating to changing the condition of the ball range from a fine of 50% to 100% of a player's match fee to suspensions of one Test, two ODIs or two T20s. At the time of the ICC's release, late on Friday evening, CSA had not made any statement.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • POSTED BY cheatsdontprosper on | July 20, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    What a Pleasant change a REAL story to get our teeth into. The rules and fines for Ball Tampering need serious upgrading i.e only a 75% match FEE FINE for Philander that is VERY SOFT for such a serious offense. Philander should have been banned from bowling for the rest of this TEST and a two or four match ban or more would be FAIR punishment i feel, after all if a bowler follows through on his run in and stomps all over the middle of the pitch a few times he is banned from bowling for the remainder of the day , please correct me if i have got the rule wrong.

  • POSTED BY cdublew on | July 19, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    The SA coach seems to be downplaying the fact that two members of the Team have clearly been found guilty of tampering with the ball to gain an unfair advantage by a group of very competent ICC Officials using available evidence. Making excuses and talking about moving on is showing support to the Offenders and is not accepting responsibility that such actions need to be stamped out with in house disciplinary measures. It also lends support to the fact that they do not believe that the findings are accurate and that the two Players had done nothing wrong. Cricket is a gentlemen's game that needs to be played in the correct spirit and in a fair manner within the Laws of the game.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 19, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    He should have been banned for a few tests

  • POSTED BY SLMaster on | July 19, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    @ MrGerrath....when bowl is doing so much and unguessable at all..all shot looks like poor shots. You should play competative cricket and see how few scratches on the ball doing wonders.

    I BELIEVE YOU HAVE NO IDEA ABOUT REVERSE SWING

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    75% match fee is very little punishment for ball tempering.

  • POSTED BY CRam on | July 19, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    Teams get away with financial penalties - whereas like in this match, the game can 'swing' away from one team for the benefit of the other. The current match should be awarded to the opposing team, and the captain and the guilty player suspended for the next five Test matches.

  • POSTED BY MrGarreth on | July 19, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Most of Steyn's wickets came from poor shots off short deliveries so not sure what you guys are on about. Poor from Vernon but Sri Lankan fans should try to hold their team more responsible for their poor batting performance. A few less scratches on the ball would not have made your total any higher.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    @Gul Khan

    "The umpire is the arbitrator on the field and players and spectators must learn to accept their decision, however right or wrong they may be."

    The law says the condition of the ball must be changed.The umpires check the ball to see if the condition has been changed. They found nothing wrong with it.

    I trust that settles the issue for you.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    An allegation was made and the charge was not contested. It is an admission of guilt. There should be no questioning of proof.

    Does the punishment fit the crime? Probably not; and so the ICC need to review their penalty system.

    Is it a lone crime? Absolutely not..... Don't equate 'ball tampering' to 'not walking'. One is against the laws, the other should not even be a conversation. There is technically only one way you can be out in cricket.....and that is when the umpire raises his finger. There is no onus on the batsmen to help the umpire, just as there is no onus on the bowler to not appeal when he doesn't think it's out. The umpire is the arbitrator on the field and players and spectators must learn to accept their decision, however right or wrong they may be.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 19, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    why vern, why? so disappointed. is this the way to treat out gracious Sri Lankan hosts? And here we were all lauding the good spirit that the matches were being played in.

  • POSTED BY cheatsdontprosper on | July 20, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    What a Pleasant change a REAL story to get our teeth into. The rules and fines for Ball Tampering need serious upgrading i.e only a 75% match FEE FINE for Philander that is VERY SOFT for such a serious offense. Philander should have been banned from bowling for the rest of this TEST and a two or four match ban or more would be FAIR punishment i feel, after all if a bowler follows through on his run in and stomps all over the middle of the pitch a few times he is banned from bowling for the remainder of the day , please correct me if i have got the rule wrong.

  • POSTED BY cdublew on | July 19, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    The SA coach seems to be downplaying the fact that two members of the Team have clearly been found guilty of tampering with the ball to gain an unfair advantage by a group of very competent ICC Officials using available evidence. Making excuses and talking about moving on is showing support to the Offenders and is not accepting responsibility that such actions need to be stamped out with in house disciplinary measures. It also lends support to the fact that they do not believe that the findings are accurate and that the two Players had done nothing wrong. Cricket is a gentlemen's game that needs to be played in the correct spirit and in a fair manner within the Laws of the game.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 19, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    He should have been banned for a few tests

  • POSTED BY SLMaster on | July 19, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    @ MrGerrath....when bowl is doing so much and unguessable at all..all shot looks like poor shots. You should play competative cricket and see how few scratches on the ball doing wonders.

    I BELIEVE YOU HAVE NO IDEA ABOUT REVERSE SWING

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    75% match fee is very little punishment for ball tempering.

  • POSTED BY CRam on | July 19, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    Teams get away with financial penalties - whereas like in this match, the game can 'swing' away from one team for the benefit of the other. The current match should be awarded to the opposing team, and the captain and the guilty player suspended for the next five Test matches.

  • POSTED BY MrGarreth on | July 19, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Most of Steyn's wickets came from poor shots off short deliveries so not sure what you guys are on about. Poor from Vernon but Sri Lankan fans should try to hold their team more responsible for their poor batting performance. A few less scratches on the ball would not have made your total any higher.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    @Gul Khan

    "The umpire is the arbitrator on the field and players and spectators must learn to accept their decision, however right or wrong they may be."

    The law says the condition of the ball must be changed.The umpires check the ball to see if the condition has been changed. They found nothing wrong with it.

    I trust that settles the issue for you.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    An allegation was made and the charge was not contested. It is an admission of guilt. There should be no questioning of proof.

    Does the punishment fit the crime? Probably not; and so the ICC need to review their penalty system.

    Is it a lone crime? Absolutely not..... Don't equate 'ball tampering' to 'not walking'. One is against the laws, the other should not even be a conversation. There is technically only one way you can be out in cricket.....and that is when the umpire raises his finger. There is no onus on the batsmen to help the umpire, just as there is no onus on the bowler to not appeal when he doesn't think it's out. The umpire is the arbitrator on the field and players and spectators must learn to accept their decision, however right or wrong they may be.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 19, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    why vern, why? so disappointed. is this the way to treat out gracious Sri Lankan hosts? And here we were all lauding the good spirit that the matches were being played in.

  • POSTED BY ReverseSweepRhino on | July 19, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    Here's an idea for test matches: Allow the bowling team to use pre-tampered balls after 60 overs, for the 20 overs before the second new ball is due. Let them choose whether they want a ball that is rough/smooth or rough/rough on the two sides.

    However, if a bowler/fielder tries to tamper the ball on the field, ban him for at least a month or two test matches.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    If a ball tampering penalty occurs, the bowling team should be penalized 50 runs in addition to the individual penalty else there is no incentive to stop. The captain should be automatically suspended for 1-2 tests as well. The penalty has to be severe for it to stop.

  • POSTED BY mikebor on | July 19, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    @Greatest_Game, I agree fully with you, its nothing more than an allegation. Its South Africa's decided procedure not to challenge these issues. The outrage shown is so hypocritical, insinuating that SA is the best team in the world because they cheat is so laughable. What about the countless batsmen,including all the "great" Sri Lankan batsmen,who knick the ball and stand when they are aware that they are out! Guess some people simply need a crutch when their team is being outclassed

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 19, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    @Greatest_Game. Philander has admitted it and accepted the fine , so in everyone's eyes that is EVIDENCE as he has been caught out. Take your Saffa tinted glasses off.

  • POSTED BY marubini on | July 19, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    It is not like it made any difference,srilanka Batsman threw their wickets away.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | July 19, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    So many experts, so little evidence. This article specifies almost nothing. When, in what session, did this occur? How often is he seen doing it? Is it one occurrence, or more? For how long did it go on? What effect did this have? Is this related to any wickets falling?

    If & when we can answer these questions, then we will have some knowledge. However, at this point, we know nothing, and should not make pronouncements as if we truly know what happened, which we do not.

    The umpires examine the ball constantly. They noticed no changes to the ball. They saw nothing, or they would have changed it, & given SA a 5 run penalty. So, what effect on the game did this alleged action have. According to the expert umpires - NOTHING. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

    All that we have read is allegation & inference - nothing else. We are told of no PROOF of anything. Do not confuse an allegation with an absolute truth. There is NO evidence that this allegation had any effect on the game. No proof at all!

  • POSTED BY Sinhabahu on | July 19, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    This is very disappointing to hear. The relatively paltry penalty sends a bad message to youngsters as well. What's 75% of your match fee in this day and age of IPL riches and mega endorsement contracts?

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | July 19, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    Just a fine?? Deserves a ban for 2 games atleast.Could be so unfair on home team who were going pretty well until the sudden 'reversal' in the game in mid session.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    What a shame this is being, This is not the fair cricket as my concern. Disappointed about the the attitudes of south african players

  • POSTED BY MurtaMac on | July 19, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    A fine is not good enough. He roughed the ball up, Steyn got the reverse swing and potentially did damage which could lead to a SA win. Philander should be banned for at least one test.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    @Gayan Sahabandu, yes i fully agree with you. what is the monetary fining going to do to these international cricket players? they all have been earning so much money through the match fee, advertisements, and some of them also through IPL etc and even if these players are fined their 1 full year's match fee (earned through all the matches they played during 1 full year) still they are not going to be affected at all. punishment should be banning one or few matches. all tampering should not be considered as a minor offence where monetary fine can be imposed rather the punishment should be very harsh like banning the player for one or more international matches.

  • POSTED BY ninjapintu on | July 19, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    Anyone talking about the effect of ball tempering on this match needs to take these points into account before saying anything:

    -Steyn wasn't getting huge reverse swing. It was 71st over and he was bowling full and at that pace you would expect that much of reverse swing.

    -Most of the wicket Steyn got were not from reverse swing but from better planning and pace. He got two batsman pulled, one flashing at a wide half volley and Mahela was out before Lunch.

    -Tempering is done to get reverse swing early. Honestly I don't see its effect in 71st over.

    -If what Philander has done actually had any effect on the match, he would have been banned. He was rubbing his fingers on the ball. He did not even put a nail on it.

  • POSTED BY visha_pb on | July 19, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    Shame Shame Shame

    People talking about spirit of cricket these days.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    fining him 75% ? how about suspending him in the 2nd innings ? that should be the correct punishment. even 100% match fee fine is not going to effect International players now a days.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2014, 4:09 GMT

    Philander tampers the ball, Steyn runs through our batting with Reverse Swing. Punishment is not Fair

  • POSTED BY John_Geo on | July 19, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    Considering what Philander did and its overall impact of the game, it seems the punishment is far too light. If tampering with the ball can give such an impact to the game, this perfectly justifies doing it in the future too with a coordinated team plan. If get caught, others can contribute to the one who got reprimanded.

  • POSTED BY on | July 19, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    They should take this matter more seriously as steyns three wickets was taken after this incident.How come Philander and South Africa get away with such a minor Punishment.

  • POSTED BY crikkfan on | July 19, 2014, 3:05 GMT

    easy solution - make ball-tampering legal. there is gray line between what is legal and illegal. anyone who follows the game closely know that. bowlers need any advantage they can get these days - like at the first test at trent bridge between ind and eng last week

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 19, 2014, 2:46 GMT

    did not expect this from south africa:/

  • POSTED BY ninjapintu on | July 19, 2014, 2:19 GMT

    Well, I don't think it was that serious, cause if it had been, he would have been banned.

  • POSTED BY Charindra on | July 19, 2014, 2:18 GMT

    Well, this certainly changes things! I was hailing Steyn as a legend yesterday, but now we know how he achieved such a lot of reverse swing. Especially because it's not the first time. SA is a much loved team here in SL for the friendly nature and humility of the players and this was absolutely unexpected. Penalties should be much greater in order to eradicate ball tampering. Shame on you SA. And I never expected this under Amla's captaincy. Truly shocking and disgraceful!

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | July 19, 2014, 1:13 GMT

    @ Taimor-016 comments "...if I'm not wrong, on both occasions Steyn bowled exceptionally. He reversed the ball even in Dubai so well"

    YOU ARE WRONG. Completely and utterly wrong. In Dubai Steyn took just one wicket - with the 4th ball of the innings. Philander took one with the 9th ball of the innings. Both were a little soon to have resulted from "ball tampering." All other wickets were taken by spinners - Duminy, Tahir & Elgar. The "alleged" ball tampering would not have aided them, would it?

    Furthermore, the match referee stated that du Plessis "was not part of a deliberate and/or prolonged attempt to unfairly manipulate the condition of the ball." That means NO DELIBERATE OR SUSTAINED BALL TAMPERING OCCURRED

    At Galle, Steyn took wickets at overs 16.3, 35.6, 71.1, 73.4 & 75.3. When Philander's alleged actions take place, & if they are they related to Steyn's wickets, we do not know. We CANNOT say with ANY certainty that they are related, so we should not claim they are! Right?

  • POSTED BY Sexysteven on | July 19, 2014, 0:29 GMT

    Affine for ball tampering what a joke no wonder he's not contesting the issue it's a small price to pay for giving your team Abig advantage I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often the penalty is so small that it is worth philander taking the fine so your team can win the game cos with bugger all of a penalty it encourages teams to do this known all your going to get if you get is afine I think Sri Lanka should do the same thing when they bowl just to even it up nobody seems to care about the spirit of the game these days

  • POSTED BY Dilmah82 on | July 18, 2014, 23:54 GMT

    Really this kind of offence should auromatically incur a suspension from next game in addition to fine,a nd perhaps if you threatened to suspend the captain also it would deter people from doing this, or at least make them think twice before they attempted it. ICC needs to be firmer on some of their rules whichh are open to amnipulation. To lose the captain and the perpetrator is a strong message, a fine when team goes on to win match and/or series with assistance does nothing!

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2014, 23:53 GMT

    With all due respect to Dale Steyn, I think the tampered bowl helped him a lot....... and for ball tempering Philander should have been banned for the entire series and the whole South Africa team should have been fined 75%....

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2014, 23:36 GMT

    There needs to be an on-field penalty for this

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 18, 2014, 23:24 GMT

    This Test now has a black mark ovrr it, shame that Steyn had to Bowl with a Tampered Ball.....

  • POSTED BY mensan on | July 18, 2014, 22:47 GMT

    Some leeway should be given to bowlers as far as tempering is concerned. We all want to see good swing bowling. So some minor form of tempering after 40 overs should be legalized.

  • POSTED BY YsaKaru on | July 18, 2014, 22:20 GMT

    is 75% of match fee enough for that!!!!! Lol....

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | July 18, 2014, 22:17 GMT

    The poor bowlers, not only are they subjected to super bats being wielded where even edges go for six, the boundaries have been brought to allow easier access to them, wickets flattened out to give them less of an incentive & when they try to get some sort of balance back.. bingo! Let it be said.. this thing, IMHO, that he did wrong was getting caught. If people think this doesn't go on, let them wake up & smell the coffee. For shame vernon.. doing it in front of cameras! Move on,.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2014, 22:06 GMT

    This should not be tolerated. He should be removed from the game, replaced by a pure fielder. No batting, no bowling, get benched and banned for a few matches after. This can give a team an advantage big enough to unfairly win a game.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2014, 22:01 GMT

    Oh yes, 'ball tampering' is obviously also linked to batting performances Adam. Get real guys, a ball hitting a helmet, wood, (indeed that would include a bat!) any hard object for that matter is going to 'tamper' with the ball more than anything players do to it ( unless they are using knives or similar.). This is blown out of all proportion.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 18, 2014, 21:53 GMT

    Fining them isn't working. Start giving them match bans. I love the Proteas but this is unacceptable!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 18, 2014, 21:07 GMT

    What purpose does a fine serve if such an action influences the outcome of a Test match? The penalty should befit the crime.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2014, 20:48 GMT

    It was proven and Philander did not dispute that he is guilty of ball tampering. How is it fair for Steyn to take advantage of using a ball that is defaced against SL.

    There must of tougher penalties. All the runs scored and wickets taken from the tampering incident should be discredited and the game should recommence.

  • POSTED BY Hardy1 on | July 18, 2014, 20:45 GMT

    OK I don't know if other teams do it too & South Africa just aren't good at getting away with it but this should surely be a bigger deal. That's twice within a small number of Tests & that too by different members of the team, suggesting that it is something pervasive in the team.

    I'm not sure why more isn't being said, especially considering the amount of reverse Dale Steyn got & also because over the last few years the South African pace attack has clearly been the best. I don't know if they're just somehow a lower key team but I feel as if more would be made if it was a subcontinental team or Australia doing this. He even admitted his guilt for goodness sake.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2014, 20:40 GMT

    Historically cricket has been too slow to change. The baseball hitters and the catcher were wearing helmets in the USA even in the early 1970,s, when Nari Contractor playing against the West Indies got hit on the head by a bouncer, suffered an injury needing hospitalization and surgery- no helmet. This is only one of many examples. If players are trying to take advantage by tampering with the ball maybe we should go to the extreme and disallow shining the ball altogether. This evens the field for everyone. The latest is the changes being allowed with bats, this throws comparisons of past batsmen out through the window.

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | July 18, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    Very disappointed to read this. I think the best solution would be to have a neutral cameraman (not controlled by host broadcasters who only focus like this on away teams) provided by the ICC who would record the treatment of the ball at all times. Any incidents could be reviewed at the next break.

    All teams have tactics dealing with the ball, whether scuffing it up or putting "mints" on it but the limits need to be clarified.

  • POSTED BY Taimor-016 on | July 18, 2014, 19:36 GMT

    Weird that both of the incidents took place when the pitches were flat (one here in Galle and other one in Dubai). Don't know what makes these players do this. And if I'm not wrong, on both occasions Steyn bowled exceptionally. He reversed the ball even in Dubai so well. When a team has got such a champion fast bowler like Dale Steyn then these types of "negative" incidents shouldn't happen.

  • POSTED BY GRJVPR on | July 18, 2014, 19:32 GMT

    "It will not go unnoticed that South Africa's pace spearhead Dale Steyn achieved substantial reverse-swing in a spell after tea. Steyn sliced through Sri Lanka with three wickets in five overs in the third session." Is 75% fine is enough for this?

  • POSTED BY JamesTHEwalldravid on | July 18, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    I think there need to be a punishment for the entire team if two or more incidents of ball tampering are confirmed to have taken place by the same team within a year. This is the second time this has happened to SA and the second time that a match changning spell has resulted just like it did in the UAE. Steyn is being praised and compared to legends and while I'm not going to blame him, it does take the gloss off of the spell that was bowled.

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  • POSTED BY JamesTHEwalldravid on | July 18, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    I think there need to be a punishment for the entire team if two or more incidents of ball tampering are confirmed to have taken place by the same team within a year. This is the second time this has happened to SA and the second time that a match changning spell has resulted just like it did in the UAE. Steyn is being praised and compared to legends and while I'm not going to blame him, it does take the gloss off of the spell that was bowled.

  • POSTED BY GRJVPR on | July 18, 2014, 19:32 GMT

    "It will not go unnoticed that South Africa's pace spearhead Dale Steyn achieved substantial reverse-swing in a spell after tea. Steyn sliced through Sri Lanka with three wickets in five overs in the third session." Is 75% fine is enough for this?

  • POSTED BY Taimor-016 on | July 18, 2014, 19:36 GMT

    Weird that both of the incidents took place when the pitches were flat (one here in Galle and other one in Dubai). Don't know what makes these players do this. And if I'm not wrong, on both occasions Steyn bowled exceptionally. He reversed the ball even in Dubai so well. When a team has got such a champion fast bowler like Dale Steyn then these types of "negative" incidents shouldn't happen.

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | July 18, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    Very disappointed to read this. I think the best solution would be to have a neutral cameraman (not controlled by host broadcasters who only focus like this on away teams) provided by the ICC who would record the treatment of the ball at all times. Any incidents could be reviewed at the next break.

    All teams have tactics dealing with the ball, whether scuffing it up or putting "mints" on it but the limits need to be clarified.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2014, 20:40 GMT

    Historically cricket has been too slow to change. The baseball hitters and the catcher were wearing helmets in the USA even in the early 1970,s, when Nari Contractor playing against the West Indies got hit on the head by a bouncer, suffered an injury needing hospitalization and surgery- no helmet. This is only one of many examples. If players are trying to take advantage by tampering with the ball maybe we should go to the extreme and disallow shining the ball altogether. This evens the field for everyone. The latest is the changes being allowed with bats, this throws comparisons of past batsmen out through the window.

  • POSTED BY Hardy1 on | July 18, 2014, 20:45 GMT

    OK I don't know if other teams do it too & South Africa just aren't good at getting away with it but this should surely be a bigger deal. That's twice within a small number of Tests & that too by different members of the team, suggesting that it is something pervasive in the team.

    I'm not sure why more isn't being said, especially considering the amount of reverse Dale Steyn got & also because over the last few years the South African pace attack has clearly been the best. I don't know if they're just somehow a lower key team but I feel as if more would be made if it was a subcontinental team or Australia doing this. He even admitted his guilt for goodness sake.

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2014, 20:48 GMT

    It was proven and Philander did not dispute that he is guilty of ball tampering. How is it fair for Steyn to take advantage of using a ball that is defaced against SL.

    There must of tougher penalties. All the runs scored and wickets taken from the tampering incident should be discredited and the game should recommence.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 18, 2014, 21:07 GMT

    What purpose does a fine serve if such an action influences the outcome of a Test match? The penalty should befit the crime.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 18, 2014, 21:53 GMT

    Fining them isn't working. Start giving them match bans. I love the Proteas but this is unacceptable!

  • POSTED BY on | July 18, 2014, 22:01 GMT

    Oh yes, 'ball tampering' is obviously also linked to batting performances Adam. Get real guys, a ball hitting a helmet, wood, (indeed that would include a bat!) any hard object for that matter is going to 'tamper' with the ball more than anything players do to it ( unless they are using knives or similar.). This is blown out of all proportion.