Faf du Plessis fined for ball tampering, but will play third Test

Updated: Nov 24, 2016, 10:28 IST | PA Sport |

The batsman was charged by the ICC last week, with the governing body saying at the time that TV footage had appeared to show him 'applying saliva and residue from a mint or sweet'

SA captain Faf Du Plessis during a training session at the Adelaide Oval yesterday. Pic/Getty Images
SA captain Faf Du Plessis during a training session at the Adelaide Oval yesterday. Pic/Getty Images

Adelaide: South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has avoided a ban despite being found guilty of ball tampering.

The batsman was charged by the International Cricket Council (ICC) last week, with the governing body saying at the time that television footage had appeared to show him "applying saliva and residue from a mint or sweet, an artificial substance, to the ball in an attempt to change its condition".

The incident happened during the Proteas' victory in the second Test against Australia. The 32-year-old, who pleaded not guilty, was facing a fine of between 50 and 100 per cent of his match fee and/or up to two suspension points, which would trigger a ban for one Test, or two one-day internationals.

After having his case heard by match referee Andy Pycroft, however, he has been fined 100 per cent of his match fee but remains free to play in Adelaide this week.

In a statement, the ICC said: "South Africa captain Faf du Plessis was charged by ICC chief executive David Richardson after television footage appeared to show Mr du Plessis applying an artificial substance to the ball during the fourth day's play in the second Test against Australia in Hobart.

"The decision was based on the evidence given from the umpires, who confirmed that had they seen the incident they would have taken action immediately, and from Mr Stephenson, who confirmed the view of MCC that the television footage showed an artificial substance being transferred to the ball.

"Pursuant to article 7.6 of the code, if Mr du Plessis reaches four or more demerit points within a 24-month period, they will be converted into suspension points and he will be banned. Two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player."

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