Ryan Harris is blaze about Australia’s chances in the third Test © Getty Images


Johannesburg: Feb 28, 2014


Veteran Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris has dismissed opener David Warner’s remarks on South Africa ”tampering with the ball” and said that the Australian team has distanced themselves from the allegations.


Warner had suggested that South African wicketkeeper AB de Villiers used his gloves to tamper with the ball during the second Test in Port Elizabeth, for which he was subsequently fined 15 percent of his match fee.


According to Sport24, Harris said that Warner’s comments were correctly dealt with as they were wrong and admitted that South Africa was simply better at getting the ball to reverse swing than them.


Stating that the umpires would have taken action if South Africa or De Villiers had done something illegal, Harris further said that throwing the ball on the ground from the outfield and roughing one side up is the whole idea of reverse swing bowling.


On the playing side, Harris said his team would have to up their game to compete with the hosts who won the second Test convincingly, to square the series at 1-1. The third and final Test starts at Newlands, in Cape Town, on Saturday, and Harris said Australia would be up for the challenge.


Harris also stated that his teammates are not panicking before the series-deciding third Test against South Africa despite their 231-run loss in the second Test in Port Elizabeth.


Australia failed to cope with a strong reverse swing attack from South Africa on an even St.George’s Park pitch on Sunday and lost nine wickets.


However, Harris said Australia’s 281-run win in the series opener proved there is little to choose between the sides, adding that they are not panicking as they were well on top in the first Test.


Stating that they have enjoyed a good break by doing nothing for two days before starting training, Harris also said that if a team has trouble getting up for a Test match against the number one team in the world, then it should be playing at home.


Australia’s preparations in the last two days have been centered on playing against reverse swing, with bowlers intentionally roughing up the ball in the nets to get extravagant movement, the report added.