Du Plessis fined for ball tampering

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South Africa found themselves in a spot of bother on Friday when they were punished for ball tampering on day three of the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai.

South Africa found themselves in a spot of bother on Friday when they were punished for ball tampering on day three of the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai.

The umpires caught Faf du Plessis rubbing the rough side of the ball on the zipper of his trouser pocket, and promptly called for the ball to be changed. They also awarded Pakistan five penalty runs.

"As per 42.1 of the ICC playing conditions, the umpires replaced the ball and fined South Africa team five penalty runs for ball tampering," an ICC spokesperson said shortly afterwards.

As a result, Du Plessis was on Saturday fined 50% of his match fee by match referee David Boon, who said: "After discussions with Mr du Plessis, he has elected not to contest that charge, but I am also satisfied that this was not part of a deliberate and/or prolonged attempt to unfairly manipulate the condition of the ball, and that the imposition of a fine of 50% of his match fee is appropriate considering the circumstances."

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