ICC charge Faf du Plessis with ball tampering, Proteas defend him

Proteas captain Faf du Plessis has been charged with ball tampering during the second test against Australia in Hobart.

International Cricket Council (ICC) chief David Richardson laid the charges after television footage showed du Plessis applying an artificial substance to the ball during the fourth day’s play in the second Test.

According to the ICC, the video polishes the ball using a finger taken from his mouth, in which an object that might have been a sweet was visible.

Du Plessis has pleaded not guilty. Hashim Amla says allegations against du Plessis are a joke and the Proteas are behind him.

Former Proteas fast bowler, Fanie De Villiers, says it would be difficult to prove that du Plessis bridged Article 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct.

I was a proper swing bowler. No where in the past can I remember that any vaseline or sun screen that we tried in practice has an enhanced swing.

Fanie De Villiers, former Proteas fast bowler

Only scraping and scratching on one side make the ball swing more than it should be.

Fanie De Villiers, former Proteas fast bowler

Everybody is doing it. It's difficult to prove that sugar spit can enhance the swing.

Fanie De Villiers, former Proteas fast bowler

Listen to the audio below to hear De Villiers explaining what constitutes ball tampering...

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