SA vs AUS 2018: Philander's hacked tweet adds on to the rivalry

Third Test starts 22nd March.

A screenshot of Philander's hacked tweet. ( Twitter)

Two Test matches done, the rivalry between South Africa and Australia is still fresh and poignant amongst the players. 

After Rabada's ban and Warner accumulating demerit points from ICC, Vernon Philander's hacked tweet has added fuel onto fire and has given a new shape to the rivalry. 

On late Wednesday evening, Philander's account sent a tweet labelling Australia captain Steve Smith "just as guilty" as Proteas spearhead Kagiso Rabada in the minor collision that has seen the youngster suspended for two Tests.

Philander tweeted the next morning saying his account had been hacked and that he did not send the inflammatory tweet, but it's unlikely the Australians will let the seasoned seamer forget about the social media mishap.

Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft is the latest to give his opinion on the issue. 

"If our banter is anything like it has gone this series I'm sure it will be brought up at some stage to get under someone's nerves," Bancroft told reporters in Cape Town. 

Bancroft added: "We saw the tweet. It was obviously quite popular there for a little while. 

"I can't really comment. I don't know if he wrote it or if his account was hacked or not. I can't really say for him. That's his opinion, isn't it, and he's got to deal with the consequences of that now, not us."

Philander's tweet is the latest addition to the Rabada suspension saga that began on day one in Port Elizabeth when the fiery quick brushed shoulders with Smith after trapping the visiting captain leg before wicket.

Rabada was charged with a Level 2 breach of the International Cricket Council Code of Conduct, and after unsuccessfully contesting the ruling by ICC match referee Jeff Crowe, was fined 50 percent of his match fee and handed three demerit points.


By Anshuman Roy - 19 Mar, 2018

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