Warner fined for ball-tampering comments

Australia's David Warner plays a shot during the first day of their cricket test match against South Africa in Centurion February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

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CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Australia opener David Warner has been fined 15 percent match fee from the second test for suggesting South African AB de Villiers used his wicketkeeper's gloves to rough up one side of the ball in the Port Elizabeth match.

Warner breached an article of the Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel relating to "public criticism of, or inappropriate comment in relation to an incident occurring in an international match or any player..." the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Thursday.

There was no need for a formal hearing as Warner, who made the allegation in a radio interview, accepted the sanction from match referee Roshan Mahanama, the ICC said in a statement.

"It was disrespectful for David to publicly denigrate an opponent when commenting on a match-related incident, and imply that a South African player was engaging in sharp practice. I'm sure David will be careful when making public comments in future," Mahanama said.

The third and final test starts in Cape Town on Saturday with the series level at 1-1.

(Reporting by Nick Said; editing by Amlan Chakraborty)

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