Du Plessis: I am a morally good person

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Batsman Faf du Plessis is determined to resign the allegations of cheating endured earlier this year to the past, during the remainder of South Africa's ODI series against Pakistan.

Batsman Faf du Plessis is determined to resign the allegations of cheating endured earlier this year to the past, during the remainder of South Africa's ODI series against Pakistan.

Du Plessis was fined 50 percent of his match fee – and the Proteas penalised five runs – during the second Test in Dubai, after television footage revealed the player rubbing the ball on the zip of hi pants' pocket.

"We all know in cricket that there is a ball to be worked on and kept shiny. In the UAE, the added element is that it's incredibly hot and part of the challenge is keeping the ball dry from the sweat of the bowlers," du Plessis wrote in a column for <i>SuperSport.com</i>.

"So, in a team you have designated ball 'shiners' and ball 'workers', and I'm one of them. It's usually the guys who don't bowl or who don't sweat as much as the others. There are ways of 'working' the ball as much as possible within the rules, such as bouncing the ball on the wicket, trying to bowl cross-seam, and basically trying to scuff the ball as much as possible, naturally, so that it's easier for the bowlers to grip.

"So, I was trying to keep the ball as dry as possible. As the footage showed, I was on the rough side of the ball, and I'll be the first to admit that I was working it far too close to my zip. That's obviously what the third umpire saw on television.

"But, when the on-field umpires inspected the ball, there wasn't a scratch mark or anything untoward on the ball. In fact, it was in excellent shape and wasn't reverse-swinging at all. Basically, the condition of the ball hadn't been changed, and that's why I think my penalty was not as harsh as the sentences given out for other similar incidents."

The ongoing five-ODI series is locked after a win apiece. The third game will get underway in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, when the right-handed du Plessis will target improvement on his mere 24 runs scored in the opening two fixtures.

"I pride myself on being a morally good person, and that's why this past week has been so difficult, as people have been quick to label me a cheat. That's not the kind of person I am and it's not the kind of person I want to be associated with," he concluded.

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