South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has been docked 100 percent of his match fees after he was found guilty of ball tampering in an independent hearing conducted by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in Adelaide on Tuesday.
However, the 32-year-old escaped from a ban despite found guilty which means he is set to lead South Africa in the third and final Test of the series against Australia in Adelaide which is also a day-night encounter.
Last week, du Plessis was charged with breach of Law 42.3 which relates to 'changing the condition of the ball' after TV footage showed him applying saliva to the ball with a lolly in his mouth on more than one occasion.
Following a three-hour closed door hearing, ICC released a statement confirming that match referee Andy Pycroft found du Plessis guilty of the charges.
"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, and from Mr Stephenson (MCC head of cricket John Stephenson), who confirmed the view of MCC that the television footage showed an artificial substance being transferred to the ball," an ICC statement said.
Apart from losing his match fees, du Plessis has also been sanctioned three demerit points which when reaches to four in a two-year period will be converted into suspension points leading to a ban.
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