Du Plessis to face ball-tampering hearing before Adelaide test


The maximum penalty Du Plessis could receive is a 100% match fee fine and two suspension points, which equates to being banned for one Test. In 2013, he was fined 50 percent of the match fee during the second Test against Pakistan for rubbing the ball with his trouser zipper.

Speaking to the media on the eve of the game, du Plessis said he disagreed with ICC's decision.

"Something like this needed to happen to bring some awareness to it".

The skipper is yet to comment on the alleged ball tampering since being charged but initially retweeted a message from South Africa-born former England wicketkeeper Matt Prior regarding the saga that said: "This is ridiculous ..."

"It's something that I don't want to be associated with in any space as I felt I've done nothing wrong".

Domingo said the du Plessis case could be a watershed moment for cricket's rules regarding ball tampering - using mints or lollies to assist shining the ball is considered common practice.

"It's something that all cricketers do".

"Our mouths are always full of sugar". "Faf is obviously disappointed by the decision and I can understand that".

"All I can ask for is that everyone gets treated the same".

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"I think Cricket South Africa made it pretty obvious when they said I could only speak after the hearing so it's not like I was disrespecting the media by not answering questions, I wasn't allowed to speak because of the hearing, " Du Plessis said.

"I think there's two ways of looking at it, I think you can either look at it as ball shining versus ball tampering".

Australia captain Steve Smith said his players hadn't been critical of du Plessis because "we, along with every other team around the world, shine the ball the same way".

"It's never nice to be in a position like this because, with ball tampering it's a real negative connotation that gets put to it", du Plessis said today.

"It's not a good look from the captain".

"If I was sitting in that team, a lot of changes mean you're trying to change everything in your team".

Cricket South Africa has stood by its captain, who is deputising for the injured AB de Villiers, and will await the written findings of Pycroft before deciding whether to appeal the verdict. I was shining the ball.

Cricket South Africa chief executive Haroon Lorgat called on the ICC to take a consistent approach.

Ponting admits it's been hard to watch Australia being completely outplayed by South Africa in the first two Tests, which has resulted in the selection axe coming down on half the squad from the Hobart Test, as well as the resignation of Marsh.