Domingo: We're not good at ball tampering

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South Africa coach Russell Domingo has conceded that the Proteas are not subtle enough when it comes to fiddling with the ball, after Vernon Philander was found guilty of ball tampering in the first Test against Sri Lanka.

South Africa coach Russell Domingo has conceded that the Proteas are not subtle enough when it comes to fiddling with the ball, after Vernon Philander was found guilty of ball tampering in the first Test against Sri Lanka.

Philander was fined 75 percent of his match fee after footage showed match officials that he had picked at the ball, though he said he had been trying to clean it. Domingo said that they did not want a reputation for sharp practice.

In the past year, two other instances were in the spotlight. Faf du Plessis was punished after being found guilty of rubbing the ball on the zip of his pants pocket, while the Australians accused AB de Villiers of scuffing the ball in his keeping gloves.

Domingo said: "I'm sure other sides are probably a little bit better at doing it than we are and it's maybe something that we cut out completely. It's not something that we pride ourselves on; it's not the way we want to play it.

"I don't know if we are getting a reputation. It's something we don't try and intentionally do. It's not that the side says, 'this is what we are going to go and do.'

"Vernon claims to have cleaned the ball and he has been seen on television scratching the ball. The umpires said the ball's state hadn't been changed at all and that says it all. We haven't the seen the footage but it's done.

"I don't think a big distraction at all. It's unfortunate. We've got to move on and focus on the nine wickets we've got to get tomorrow."

When asked why Philander had not tried to appeal the charge, Domingo said the threat of missing a Test was much worse than losing money, and the footage usually supported the match officials so it wasn't worth it.

He said: "Admitting guilt is almost as though we're saying 'lets just move on and focus on what we are going to do here,' and put it behind us.

"If they've got footage, nine out of ten times the footage will find you guilty so I suppose so it's difficult to argue if they can see something that they think you shouldn't be doing. So it's probably just an easier route to admit guilt and move on."

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