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Faf du Plessis charged with ball tampering offence

Faf du Plessis charged with ball tampering offence
Faf du Plessis (centre) pleaded not guilty of the charge
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South African captain Faf du Plessis has been charged with ball tampering offence by the International Cricket Council and is in danger of being suspended for a Test match.

The ICC in a statement confirmed that the 32-year-old was found breach of Law 42.3 which relates to 'changing the condition of the ball'.

However, du Plessis pleaded not guilty and now a hearing will be conducted before match referee Andy Pycroft to decide the fate of former Lancashire batsman.

The ICC statement said: "The alleged incident happened on Tuesday morning when TV footage appeared to show du Plessis applying saliva and residue from a mint or sweet, an artificial substance, to the ball in an attempt to change its condition."

It was during the 54th over of the Australia's second innings in Hobart, the cameras spotted du Plessis with a round, white lolly on his tongue, licking his finger before rubbing the ball for more than one occasion.

If proved guilty of the charges, du Plessis will face a fine of 50 to 100 percent of the match fee and/or up to two suspension points, and three or four demerit points.

Du Plessis led South Africa to a series victory in Australia with wins in Perth and Hobart and the third game which is also a day-night encounter is scheduled to be played in Adelaide on 24th November.

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