SA’s du Plessis ap­peals af­ter ball-tam­per­ing ver­dict

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

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.

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