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Proteas spurred by Warner comments

The Australian batsman accused the Proteas of ball tampering in the second Test in Port Elizabeth.

David Warner of Australia has leveled some serious accusations against the Proteas. Picture: AFP/DAN HIMBRECHTS

CAPE TOWN - Proteas coach Russell Domingo on Wednesday said his side is going to use David Warner's recent comments as motivation ahead of the series-deciding Test starting at Newlands on Saturday.

The Australian opening batsman accused South Africa of ball tampering in order to gain an advantage during the second Test in Port Elizabeth.

The Proteas managed to bowl the Australians out a day early to win the match.

Domingo says the team will use Warner's comments in a positive way.

"I think it's always a bit disappointing when guys throw these accusations around. We're a very motivated team and I suppose we've added ten percent to our motivation levels after the comments he made. We see it as a form of motivation for us."

Domingo says his team is out to prove their quality after the comments.

"We want to show the Australian side that we don't need to play cricket in that way. We pride ourselves on playing the game as honestly and as openly as possible. We're very motivated by the comments he's made, so it's probably good for us."

The coach says Warner's comments weren't in good taste.

"I don't think it's a nice comment that he's made. It doesn't sound good when sides are publicly accusing other sides of these things. I don't think it should have been done."