Faf charged with ball tampering

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has been charged for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct after being accused of tampering with the ball in Hobart.

Television footage appeared to show him applying an artificial substance to the ball, via  amint in his mouth, during the fourth day’s play in the second Test in Hobart, which concluded on Tuesday.

The charge has been laid by the ICC Chief Executive David Richardson who has exercised his right to do so according to Article 3.1.3 of the Code.

Du Plessis has pleaded not guilty to the charge and, as such, the matter will now be heard by Andy Pycroft of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees.

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.

All level 2 breaches carry an imposition of a fine between 50 per cent to 100 per cent of the applicable match fee and/or up to two suspension points, and three or four demerit points.