Du Plessis to appeal ICC fine

Test cricket

Cricket South Africa has confirmed that stand-in captain Faf du Plessis will appeal the ICC’s ruling, after he was found guilty of ball tampering over an incident which occurred during the second Test against Australia.

Du Plessis was found guilty and fined 100% of his match fee from the Test, but was cleared to play in the third and final Test of the series, the day/night Test which starts in Adelaide on Thursday.

The 32-year-old was charged by ICC Chief Executive David Richardson after footage emerged which appeared to show Du Plessis shining the ball with a sweet in his mouth during the fourth day of the second Test in Hobart.

The decision to reprimand and fine Du Plessis was based on evidence given by the umpires, who said that they didn’t see the incident on-field but would have reported it if they had.

Additionally, MCC head of cricket John Stephenson confirmed that the television footage showed an artificial substance being transferred to the ball.

After confirming his intention to appeal, Du Plessis has 48 hours from the time of receipt of the written decision to lodge any complaints he might have.

Any appeal would require the matter to be heard in totality by a judicial commissioner, who can amend, increase or decrease any previous sanctions.

The maximum penalty Du Plessis could receive is a 100% match fee fine and two suspension points, which equates to being banned for one Test.