SA skipper fined for ball tampering
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP):
South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has been found guilty and fined for ball tampering by the International Cricket Council, but will be allowed to play against Australia this week.
Du Plessis escaped a suspension which would have prevented him from playing in the third Test against Australia starting tomorrow in Adelaide.
The ball tampering charge was brought by ICC chief executive Dave Richardson after television replays from the second Test in Hobart showed du Plessis applying saliva to the ball while sucking a mint on the fourth day of the match. This would have given the ball an unnatural shine and weight, and allowed it to swing through the air significantly more than under regular conditions.
He pleaded not guilty but was found to have altered the condition of the ball and was fined 100 per cent of his second Test match fee or about US$2,500. Du Plessis has indicated that he will appeal at the risk of incurring a harsher penalty.
South Africa already has a winning 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Richardson told Australia's Nine television network Wednesday that he charged du Plessis because the ICC wanted to draw a line in the sand on ball tampering.
"Probably in this case in particular, we drew the line," Richardson said. "We said 'we need to charge' because in our eyes anyway, it was pretty obvious that he was using the residue from the sweet directly on the ball.