SA’s du Plessis appeals after ball-tampering verdict
JOHANNESBURG (AP): SOUTH AFRICA captain Faf du Plessis has appealed the guilty verdict against him for ball tampering in the second Test against Australia.
Cricket South Africa said yesterday that du Plessis and his lawyers studied the written decision made by match referee Andy Pycroft before deciding to formally appeal.
Du Plessis was found guilty of ball tampering after TV replays showed him applying saliva to the ball while sucking a sweet. He was fined his match fee but escaped a ban. The charge against him was brought by International Cricket Council chief executive Dave Richardson.
Du Plessis claimed it was common for cricketers to do what he did and that he was being unfairly singled out.
Cricket South Africa chief executive Haroon Lorgat said yesterday that du Plessis was “feeling aggrieved.”
Du Plessis hit an unbeaten 118 on the first day of the third Test against Australia yesterday.
Booed as he went to the crease with South Africa in trouble at 443, du Plessis extended his impregnable run at the Adelaide Oval with 118 not out. He declared the Faf du Plessis
innings at 259-9, about 40 minutes from stumps on day one of the day-night Test, because he knew it would force another reshuffle of Australia’s batting order.
With David Warner not allowed to open the batting for Australia because he’d been off the field for too long getting treatment, Usman Khawaja moved up to partner 20-year-old newcomer Matt Renshaw. They navigated 12 overs under lights to reach stumps at 14 without loss, with Renshaw on eight and Khawaja on three.