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."