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South Africa captain Faf du Plessis denies using a MINT to tamper with the ball in Australia Test win

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South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has denied using a sweet to tamper with the match ball against Australia after being charged by cricket's governing body. 

The 32-year-old was filmed during the second Test in Hobart apparently using saliva from a mint to shine the ball while fielding in the slips.

The alleged incident happened during an over by South Africa 's fast bowler Kagiso Rabada and was highlighted after he took the wicket of Australia's wicket-keeper Peter Neville with the very next delivery.

Another wicket also fell in the same over and South Africa went on to win the Test and the series.

After reviewing TV footage, batsman Du Plessis was charged with ball tampering by the International Cricket Council.

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Du Plessis faces a possible suspension if found guilty, but denies the charge and will now have his case heard by match referee Andy Pycroft.

The skipper has been backed by the entire South Africa squad and coaching team.

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Describing the charge as "a joke", senior batsman Hashim Amla addressed the media in Melbourne alongside the squad and coaching staff.

He said: "The reason everybody is here is to stand together and to show solidarity to what has been something we actually thought was a joke. It's not April.

"But the allegations against Faf were really, for us, a ridiculous thing and as a team we are standing strong. For us it is basically a joke. The boys are here, standing strong."

And he added: "I chew bubblegum while I am fielding. Do you want me to brush my teeth after lunch every time I come out?

"You've got to be logical about this, common sense surely should prevail ... there was no malicious intent."

It is not the first time mints have been at the centre of controversy in cricket.

An ICC statement said: "South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has been charged for breaching article 2.2.9 of the ICC code of conduct after television footage appeared to show him applying an artificial substance to the ball during the fourth day's play in the second Test in Hobart, which concluded on Tuesday.

"The charge relates to changing the condition of the ball in breach of law 42.3 and has been laid by the ICC chief executive David Richardson who has exercised his right to do so according to article 3.1.3 of the code.

"Du Plessis has pleaded not guilty to the charge and, as such, the matter will now be heard by Andy Pycroft of the Emirates elite panel of ICC match referees. Details of the hearing will be announced in due course.

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"The alleged incident happened on Tuesday morning when TV footage appeared to show Du Plessis applying saliva and residue from a mint or sweet, an artificial substance, to the ball in an attempt to change its condition.

"All level 2 breaches carry an imposition of a fine between 50% to 100% of the applicable match fee and/or up to two suspension points, and three or four demerit points."

Victory in the second Test against Australia clinched a series win and prompted an inquest by the hosts into their dismal performances, especially with the bat.

In Hobart they were bowled out for just 85 in the first innings and 161 in the second, ensuring defeat by an innings and 80 runs.

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