South African cricket captain Faf du Plessis found guilty of ball tampering

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The captain of South Africa's cricket team Faf du Plessis has been fined after he was found guilty of ball tampering during South Africa's second Test against Australia, however, the 32-year-old will not receive a ban following the incident.

Video footage appears to show the South African captain using saliva from a mint to shine the ball whilst fielding in the slips during the second test in Hobart.

The International Cricket Council confirmed that they had found Du Plessis guilty after reviewing film of the alleged incident and have fined the cricketer his entire match fee, but will allow the middle-order batsman to compete in the third Test.


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The issue was highlighted after South Africa's fast bowler Kagiso Rabada took the wicket of Australia's wicketkeeper Peter Neville with the next delivery following an over by South Africa.

A second wicket fell during the same over and South Africa went on to win the Test and the series over Australia.

Du Plessis has claimed his innocence over the incident and has had his plea heard by match referee Andy Pycroft, with the South African squad and coaching staff all backing the captain.

South African senior batsman Hashim Amla has told the media that he thinks the charge is "a joke" stating that: "The reason everybody is here is to stand together and to show solidarity to what has been something we actually thought was a joke. It's not April.

"But the allegations against Faf were really, for us, a ridiculous thing and as a team we are standing strong. For us it is basically a joke. The boys are here, standing strong."

Amla then went on to say that there was "no malicious intent" by Du Plessis and also went on to say: "I chew bubblegum while I am fielding. Do you want me to brush my teeth after lunch every time I come out?"

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