JavaScript disabled. Please enable JavaScript to use My News, My Clippings, My Comments and user settings.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

Smith lashes 'rent-a-quote' Warner

Graeme Smith speaks to media at a post-match conference after day four of the Second Test.

Graeme Smith speaks to media at a post-match conference after day four of the Second Test. Photo: Getty Images

South African captain Graeme Smith will hold fire until the end of the series-ending Test against Australia before unleashing his frankest views on "rent-a-quote" batsman David Warner. The opener's $2880 fine from the ICC for his ball-tampering claims against the Proteas was complemented by an undisclosed punishment from his teammates.

Australian captain Michael Clarke said he had been unhappy with Warner's comments, and stressed that he had no reason to question the legitimacy of the South Africans' ball-handling techniques. "I was disappointed, and Davey knows that. Firstly, that's been dealt with the by the ICC and it's also been dealt with by us in-house," Clarke said.

"What I've said all along, and I know there's been a lot of stuff in the media since we've been here, is that we have the utmost respect for South Africa. They've been an extremely successful team for a long time and have earned the right to be the No. 1 team in the world. I don't have any dramas with the way they play their cricket. I think they play a great brand of cricket, they play a similar brand to us – they're extremely tough to beat on the field."

Clarke implied he would be making an apology on behalf of the Australian team to Smith. "I haven't spoken to anybody, but when the time's right I'll certainly be speaking to Graeme," he said.

Smith said: "He's becoming a little bit of a rent-a-quote. My thoughts are pretty strong and I think I will end up saying something towards the end of the Test match, but at the moment my focus is on getting us prepared."

63 comments so far

  • Warner should cop a 2 game suspension for bringing the Aussie team into disrepute. I imagine his team-mates are filthy that he has given the Saffers more ammunition. We don't stand a chance in the match - our batting line-up is way too fragile against world-class bowling.

    Date and time
    February 28, 2014, 11:29PM
    • I reckon what he said was approved by team management. This kind of banter takes place all the time and is part of the overall approach to a tour.

      Date and time
      March 01, 2014, 10:25AM
    • Geez how many princesses are there in this world now, talk about a storm in a tea cup...! 2 Week Suspension pffft

      Date and time
      March 01, 2014, 10:29AM
    • Hopeless comment, that pays no regard to the mind games both sides are playing. Love the cricket SA is capable of but one must remember this is a side guilty of ball tampering in 2013 and guilty of match fixing in living memory. Thank god for David Warner - may he long battle those who want to apply antiseptic to this great game; if his effect is to keep the opposition engaged and alert then this cricket fan is very happy.

      156g of leather
      East Melbourne
      Date and time
      March 01, 2014, 12:15PM
    • Did you not watch the first test? Unless the Saffas cough up another dry turner, win the toss and bat first, we have a great chance to win. This SA team is no great team. We have seen how they can be easily dominated with aggressive batting, as we saw these last two series. With Johnson, we also have a bowler who can take advantage of their weakness against genuine pace and bounce. Smith goes right into his shell at the slightest bit of pressure.

      All the second test did was hide SA's weaknesses and nullify Australia's strengths - via the playing surface. It's the same ploy England and India adopted last two series away. Fortunately it won't be so easy to change the Newlands pitch. If they do turn it into a dry turner then all respect for the SA team is gone as far as I'm concerned.

      Date and time
      March 01, 2014, 1:25PM
    • Riz, exactly what Australia did against England in the Ashes. A case of the pot calling the kettle black or just sour grapes for losing.

      Date and time
      March 01, 2014, 3:10PM
    • As an Aussie living in Cape Town its really amusing listening and reading all thes quotes regarding David Warner, we appreciate his cricket ability, but sadly he does come from the wrong side of the road, everyone knows that every team doctors the ball at sometime of the game. I realise that he is just trying to wind up the South Africans, and from this side he is doing a great job, Its been pouring rain during the night here, just hope it doesnt ruin any of todays match, just hope it lives up to expectations as a great game. Go AUSSIES Go ///////

      Cape Town
      Date and time
      March 01, 2014, 4:24PM
  • "empty vessels make the most noise" is the phrase that comes to mind where Dave Warner is concerned. Now just watch how this half-wits comments fire up the South Africans in the deciding test.

    Date and time
    February 28, 2014, 11:38PM
    • " I think they play a great brand of cricket, they play a similar brand to us".... Yet they are number 1 thus I would say they play their brand better and we simply don't have the depth or talent!

      Clarkes Head in the clouds
      Date and time
      March 01, 2014, 12:11AM
      • SA do not play a similar brand of cricket to Australia. Smith is a totally different captain. They play defensive, attritional cricket for the first 2-3 days of the game before taking any risks. This is how they can be dominated. And if SA are so great, why did they need to produce that wicket after getting humiliated in the first test? Have we EVER done that in Australia? I have no memory of it in 30 years of watching the game. And therein lies another big difference between the teams. The Saffas are terrified of losing, and that is one of the reasons why they have so often choked in the past. Clarke and Lehman on the other hand are prepared to take risks right from the word go. They are prepared to lose in order to win. That style is most unsuitable on dry, slow, low-bouncing pitches. Thus the endless number of dry turners now greeting Australia whenever they travel abroad.

        Date and time
        March 01, 2014, 1:33PM

    More comments

    Make a comment

    You are logged in as [Logout]

    All information entered below may be published.

    Error: Please enter your screen name.

    Error: Your Screen Name must be less than 255 characters.

    Error: Your Location must be less than 255 characters.

    Error: Please enter your comment.

    Error: Your Message must be less than 300 words.

    Post to

    You need to have read and accepted the Conditions of Use.

    Thank you

    Your comment has been submitted for approval.

    Comments are moderated and are generally published if they are on-topic and not abusive.

    Related Coverage

    HuffPost Australia

    Featured advertisers