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Faf Du Plessis delivers perfect response to boos during SA vs AUS

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Focus was on South Africa's Faf Du Plessis heading into Thursday's third Test against Australia.

The 32-year-old was fined for ball tampering during the second Test after cameras showed him licking his fingers and shining the cricket ball while chewing a sweet.

Much to fans' amazement, though, Du Plessis was cleared to play against Australia.

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That prompted a prickly reception from the opposing fans at Adelaide Oval, with Du Plessis jeered as he entered the crease to bat.

But it was ultimately South Africa's captain who had the last laugh.

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The video below shows Du Plessis being booed before scoring 118 not out and declaring on 259-9.

After reaching his century, Du Plessis punched the air and later thanked South Africa's fans, who have stuck by him throughout the controversy.

Following the game, he admitted to declaring after hearing Australia's David Warner - who couldn't bat because of treatment for a shoulder injury - was six minutes away from being able to resume his usual role as opener.

"I listened to the conversation he had with the umpires - one ear talking to the batter, one ear listening to him," he said, per BBC Sport.

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"And then I heard he had six minutes left before he could bat again so I thought 'let's have a crack'."

Du Plessis' tactics annoyed Australia, according to Josh Hazlewood.

"He (Warner) went off for some treatment towards the end and was off for too long," he said. "So they messed their timings up and he couldn't bat straight away.

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"Uzzy (Usman Khawaja) had to bat and adapted pretty well and we got through.

"The guys were a little bit annoyed, especially Smithy (Steven Smith) and probably Uzzy who had to go out and bat, but it's just one of those things.

"It rarely happens, but it happened today and the way Uzzy adapted to the situation he did a great job for us today."

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