Australian media feel that David Warner has gone a bit too far with his ball-tampering allegations Getty Images


Melbourne: Feb 27, 2014


The Australian media has slammed controversial opener David Warner, saying that his ”lack of respect” is making the team look like a ”bunch of whingers”.


News.com.au reports that Warner’s disrespect was obvious when he alleged the South Africans were ball-tampering, which is apparently why their pace attack decimated Australia with reverse swing to easily to win the second Test in Port Elizabeth.


Stating that the home side perfected reverse swing bowling much better than the tourists, the report mentioned that had there been any problem, the umpires would have sniffed it out with the help of TV footage, adding that this was the case when South African batsman Faf du Plessis was fined for ball-tampering against Pakistan.


The report criticised the left-handed batsman for demeaning one of the most spectacular spells of reverse swing in the game by the world’s ”most compete fast bowler” Dale Steyn, adding that to watch Steyn perform was one of the great highlights of the Test.


Although the report conceded that Warner made a fair point when he talked about how South Africa treated the ball to encourage reverse swing, however, it added that he went a step too far by pointing the blame on AB de Villiers.


The report urged Warner and Australia to spend more time working on their skills and less time worrying about what the South Africans may or may not be doing.