Philander punished for ball tampering

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South Africa have suffered another black mark in terms of ball tampering, with fast bowler Vernon Philander fined 75 percent of his match fee in Galle after being shown scratching the ball on day three against Sri Lanka.

South Africa have suffered another black mark in terms of ball tampering, with fast bowler Vernon Philander fined 75 percent of his match fee in Galle after being shown scratching the ball on day three against Sri Lanka.

This comes less than a year after Faf du Plessis was punished for scratching the ball on the zipper of his pants pocket. The footage of Philander picking at the ball was not shown live on air, and he did not appeal the charge.

A statement from the ICC read: "The charge was laid after umpires Billy Bowden and Richard Kettleborough, as well as third umpire Nigel Llong and fourth umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge, viewed television footage along with match referee Jeff Crowe.

"The incident that led to the charge being laid took place in the afternoon when Philander was captured on footage changing the condition of the ball by scratching the surface with his fingers and thumb."

The incident left a bad taste in the mouth for Sri Lanka fans as Dale Steyn achieved a lot of reverse swing with the old ball, and took five wickets on the day, though former Sri Lanka player Russell Arnold said that the hosts had also produced reverse swing the day before, as conditions were ripe for it.

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