Michael Vaughan has expressed his concern over alleged ball-tampering by England players at Newlands. Television footage of Stuart Broad and James Anderson appeared to show the pair trying to alter the ball’s condition to accelerate reverse-swing. Footage showed Broad stopping a straight drive with the sole of his boot while Anderson was seen picking at scuffs on the ball.
“It certainly looks like Anderson has had some kind of play on the ball,” Vaughan said. “Broad stood on the ball, and then Anderson collected it... and started playing around the area where Broad had created the scuff marks. They were just trying to get the ball to reverse swing. It looks quite bad on TV, and I'm disappointed because I don't like to see that sort of action in a game. You have to look at the world of cricket, and if it was Pakistan what would we make of it?” Nasser Hussain was also not surprised to learn of SA’s concerns. Hussain said: “We've all been there, we're not whiter than white, where you see the ball and think would it be nice to get nails into that, get it reverse-swinging. But you’ve just got to leave it alone because if the opposition see you doing like that to the ball they get very fidgety.”