South African captain Faf du Plessis charged with ball tampering during the second test against Australia at Hobart. A TV footage showed Du Plessis applying an artificial substance thereby damaging the condition of the ball.
Du Plessis was charged with an article 2.2.9 offence of the ICC Code of Conduct which relates to “changing the condition of the ball in breach of Law 42.3 of the Laws of Cricket, as modified by ICC Standard Test Match, ODI and Twenty20 International Match Playing Conditions clause 42.1”.
Penalties for offences such as du Plessis’ under Level 2 of the ICC’s code of conduct can range from a fine of 50% to 100% of a player’s match fee to suspensions for one Test, two ODIs or two T20Is.
Du Plessis was charged committing a similar offence in 2013 against Pakistan at Dubai. He was fined 50 per cent of his match fees back then.
South Africa have won their third consecutive series in Australia. The action moves to Adelaide Oval for day night test on 24 November. It all started at the Adelaide Oval last year with a test between Australia and New Zealand. This will be the third day-night test in the history of test cricket and South Africa’s first experience with the pink ball.
Faf has some good memories playing at Adelaide. Last time around when South Africa were playing for a draw, Faf scored a patient 110 off 376 deliveries to save the test for South Africa. So far he has had a quite series with 2 thirties at Perth and a failure at Hobart and will be looking to put the controversies behind and lead from the front.