Reports are emerging from South Africa that the hosts have accused England of ball tampering. Here are a couple…

England were stunned last night after being accused of ball tampering by South Africa, who have compiled a dossier of what they believe to be suspicious actions by the touring team’s fielders during the Test series… Among their grievances yesterday were the use of boot on ball by Stuart Broad, throwing the ball on the bounce to the wicketkeeper by various fielders and the alleged lifting of the quarter-seam by James Anderson.

Geoffrey Dean, The Times

South Africa have raised their concerns with match referee Roshan Mahanama over ‘allegations about the ball’ while England were fielding on day three of the third Test. Controversy broke out at Newlands after television cameras showed England seamer Stuart Broad stopping a straight drive during the morning session with the sole of his boot.

Daily Mail

England coach Andy Flower has defended Stuart Broad after controversy with the ball on day three of the third Test. Broad was seen trapping the ball with his foot during a difficult day, which saw South Africa build a lead of 330. A South Africa spokesman said they had “raised concerns” to match referee Roshan Mahanama over the issue. But Flower said: “All that happened is the ball was rolling gently towards him and he stuck out a boot to stop the ball, I don’t think it’s a big issue.”

BBC News Online

South Africa have “raised concerns” over the state of the ball with ICC match referee Roshan Mahanama following the third day’s play against England at Cape Town. It follows TV footage that showed Stuart Broad standing on the ball as he fielded it in his followthrough.


Aggers says its rubbish.