TELFORD VICE, Colombo
You would think it would be bad enough that one of your bowlers had been done for ball-tampering. You would also think the embarrassment that would have caused would curb any arrogance you might succumb to in making demands you had no right to make of people who are under no compunction to do your bidding.
If you were part of South Africa’s touring party in Sri Lanka, you would be wrong on both counts.
The South Africans have not shown the faintest glimmer of contrition for Vernon Philander being found guilty of illegally “changing the condition of the ball” on the third day of the first Test in Galle on Friday. Instead, they have brazenly said that Philander believes he is guilty of nothing more than cleaning the ball, and that they did not contest the charge because that could have led to…
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