Vernon Philander denies posting tweet blasting Steve Smith in shoulder bump incident

first_imgSouth Africa paceman Vernon Philander has denied posting tweet in which he blasted Steve Smith and said that the Australian skipper was “equally guilty” in the shoulder bump incident.Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada made contact with Smith’s shoulder after dismissing him in the first innings of their six-wicket victory in Port Elizabeth.Philander blamed the hackers for posting the video, “got hacked and someone posted a nice little article on my behalf.”Philander’s teammate Rabada was handed a two-Test suspension earlier this week.Rabada was found guilty of “inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with a player” by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and will miss the rest of the four-match series.Philander had posted a video on Twitter and wrote that Smith was equally guilty in the incident and could have avoided physical contact with Rabada.Rabada’s contact with Smith was very, very minimal: du Plessis”Haven’t really seen the footage of this incident but by the looks of this … Steve Smith gave KG (Rabada) the shoulder,” he wrote on his Twitter account, with a video clip of the incident.”He could have avoided any contact but to me he is just as guilty. Trying some football skills to get a penalty??? Pity he didn’t dive to top it off.”However, the post was later removed from Twitter and Philander apologised for all the “drama”.”Good morning all my tweeps. Waking up this morning to alot of twitter craziness as my acc got hacked and someone posted a nice little article on my behalf. Sorry for all the drama or entertainment caused by the looks of it. Have a great day all,” Philander wrote in his latest tweet.advertisementGood morning all my tweeps. Waking up this morning to alot of twitter craziness as my acc got hacked and someone posted a nice little article on my behalf. Sorry for all the drama or entertainment caused by the looks of it. Have a great day all.Vernon Philander (@VDP_24) March 15, 2018The 22-year-old Rabada, who took 11 wickets in the match, has appealed the decision.The shoulder bump between Rabada and Smith was not the only incident in the match as the fired-up fast bowler also gave opening batsman David Warner a verbal send-off.Kevin Pietersen slams ICC’s decision to ban RabadaIn the first Test in Durban, security cameras captured a heated argument between Warner and South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock after the teams left the field for tea on the fourth day.Warner said the wicketkeeper had made “vile and disgusting” comments about his wife.Warner was fined 75 per cent of his match fee, while de Kock was fined 25 per cent. Both were given demerit points.Rabada was given three demerit points for the shoulder bump in Port Elizabeth, taking him to eight within a two-year period, which triggered an automatic two-match suspension. He was also given another demerit point for the Warner send-off.The third match starts in Cape Town on March 22.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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