South Africa's Faf du Plessis 'disagrees' with guilty ball-tampering verdict


Cricket South Africa (CSA) says it will seek clarity from the International Cricket Council (ICC) on its verdict around Faf du Plessis.

Du Plessis' frustrations are certainly understandable considering video footage that emerged yesterday morning showing his Indian counterpart Virat Kohli allegedly appearing to shine the cricket ball using saliva from a sweet in his mouth - similar to the charge against the Proteas skipper - during the first Test against England at Rajkot and it going uncensored.

A number of past and present players from all over the world - or, as du Plessis put it, "99 per cent" of the cricketing world - were stunned by the charge but the Proteas star said he was eager to move on and complete the series sweep of Australia.

But he soon adopted a straight face as he explained that he did not deliberately chew a mint in order to add a sticky coating to the saliva he uses to polish the ball - which in theory would make the ball swing more and be more hard for Australia's batsmen to face.

Any appeal would require the matter to be heard in totality by a judicial commissioner, who can amend, increase or decrease any previous sanctions.

ICC added three demerit point has added to Faf du Plessis's disciplinary record.

Faf du Plessis in Adelaide on Tuesday.

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.

"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", the ICC said in a statement. Speaking to the media, du Plessis called for the ICC to review its rules regarding ball tampering, saying that such issues can open a "can of worms".

The final Test of the three-match series will start from November 24 at the Adelaide Oval, with the tourists having already secured the series with victories in the first two matches.

Proteas T20 captain Faf du Plessis. He is likely to receive a hostile reception from the Adelaide crowd.

The South Africans have backed Du Plessis from the outset of the ball tampering allegations.

"Whether we're drinking Powerade, Coke, Gatorade, eating candies, sucking on jellies, our mouths are always full of sugar so I think it's just such a grey area in a lot of cricket, and I think it's obviously something now that will be looked at. At the same time, we would like to see this respect reciprocated and will not accept such behavior as displayed by the Channel 9 News reporter".

"All I can focus on is galvanising the team and preparing my players for an important Test match ahead".