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Faf du Plessis found guilty of ball tampering

South African captain Faf du Plessis has been found guilty of ball tampering during the 2nd Test between Australia and South Africa.

He has been fined his entire match fee from the Hobart test but has not been suspended.

The charge is related to clause 2.2.9 of the ICC's Code of Conduct, which deals with "changing the condition of the ball" in breach of the Laws of Cricket. 

The Laws of Cricket, in turn, allow that players may "polish the ball provided that no artificial substance is used and that such polishing wastes no time".

The ICC said in a statement,



The decision was based on the evidence given from the umpires, who confirmed that had they seen the incident they would have taken action immediately, and from Mr Stephenson (MCC head of cricket John Stephenson), who confirmed the view of MCC that the television footage showed an artificial substance being transferred to the ball.



Faf du Plessis will be able to play in the Adelaide Test, which will begin on 24th November 2016.

South Africa have won the series 2-0 with one more Test to go.

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