South Africa's Philander stokes more series tension with Smith comments

Last Modified Thursday, 15 March 2018 (13:14 IST)
Port Elizabeth: Vernon has turned the heat up another notch in South Africa's acrimonious series against Australia by saying visiting captain Steve Smith could have avoided an incident that resulted in Kagiso Rabada being suspended.Fast bowler Rabada made contact with Smith's shoulder after dismissing him in the first innings of their six-wicket victory in Port Elizabeth.He was later found guilty of "inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with a player" by the (ICC) and will miss the rest of the four-match series.

The 22-year-old, who took 11 wickets in the match, has appealed the decision.Philander said Smith was equally guilty and had milked the incident."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."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.In the first test in Durban, security cameras captured a heated argument between Warner and 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 percent of his match fee, while de Kock was fined 25 percent. 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.