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Faf du Plessis appeals ICC ball sanction

AAP logoAAP 24/11/2016

An "aggrieved" Faf du Plessis is appealing an International Cricket Council decision to fine him for ball tampering in the second Test against Australia.

The ICC announced the verdict on Tuesday and fined the Proteas captain his entire match fee from the Hobart Test, but he avoided a ban for the third Test in Adelaide where he hit 118 not out on Thursday.

He was found to have been shining the cricket ball with a sweet in his mouth.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed in a statement that du Plessis had appealed the decision of the ICC Match Referee which found him guilty of a breach of the ICC Code of Conduct.

"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." CSA Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said.

"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."

Lorgat said the CSA would support du Plessis 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."

Du Plessis, who was booed on the ground at Adelaide on Thursday, earlier this week said he felt he had done nothing wrong.

"I was shining the cricket ball. I have been doing that my whole career. Every single team I have played in does exactly the same thing.

"It's not something that's frowned upon by anyone, not even the umpires ... I just think it was a little bit blown out of proportion."

The CSA statement said that as the matter was now subject to further legal process, neither du Plessis nor the CSA would make further comment.

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