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Faf du Plessis appeals ICC ball sanction

Press Association logoPress Association 24/11/2016

An "aggrieved" Faf du Plessis has appealed the International Cricket Council decision to fine him for applying an artificial substance to the ball in the second Test against Australia.

The Proteas captain, who on Thursday hit 118 not out on day one of the third Test, was fined his entire match fee from the Hobart Test but escaped a ban and is leading his country in the Adelaide day/night contest.

Cricket South Africa tweeted: "Faf du Plessis appeals the decision of the ICC Match Referee".

And Cricket South Africa chief executive Haroon Lorgat said in a statement on Thursday: "Faf has decided to appeal the match referee's decision after he and his legal team had studied the written reasons provided by the match referee.

"In his mind Faf is clear that he did not alter the condition of the ball nor did he intend to do so and that the match referee was not correct to find him guilty. He is understandably feeling aggrieved.

"CSA will support him to appeal the decision before an independent Judicial Commissioner as there are issues relating to fair and just process, interpretation of the rules, science and performance that needs to be considered."

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