London: South Africa team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee has issued an official statement in response to the continuing fallout from the Kevin Pietersen text-messaging affair.
Pietersen has been dropped by England for the third and final test against the visiting South Africans after allegations were made that he had sent texts to unnamed Proteas players, criticising England team mates and coaching staff.
Dr Moosajee's statement on the Cricket South Africa website (cricket.co.za) described the text messages as "banter" and, as such, "perfectly acceptable".
"There have been untruthful allegations in the media implicating members of our squad in the current issue between Kevin Pietersen and the ECB," the statement said.
"We stand by the same stance we have taken since we heard news about the allegations.
"Text messages were sent, but like we said before it was banter amongst team mates, which we feel is perfectly acceptable.
"The ECB has not made a formal approach to myself or any member of the team to see the text messages, as is currently being reported in the media.