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Du Plessis calls for tougher ball tampering punishments

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has called for the International Cricket Council (ICC) to dish out tougher punishments for players found guilty of ball tampering. “I know they (ICC) met a while ago but it doesn’t look like anything has changed. It’s still the same rules and stuff, so they need to change that,” Du Plessis, who has twice been found guilty of ball tampering, told reporters ahead of South Africa’s tour of Sri Lanka. “The penalties needs to be harsher for ball tampering.” Ball tampering incidents…

Independence Cup: Amla, Perera lead World XI T20 win over Pakistan

LAHORE: Sri Lanka all-rounder Thisara Perera hit a towering six off the penultimate ball to steer the World XI to a thrilling seven-wicket win over Pakistan in the second Twenty20 Wednesday. Perera made a whirlwind 19-ball 47 not out with five sixes, while Hashim Amla finished not out 72 off 55 balls to help the World XI overhaul a 175-run target and level the three-match series 1-1 before a packed Gaddafi stadium in Lahore. That left the series intriguingly placed with the final match on Friday, also in Lahore.…

Balanced England can win Ashes, says du Plessis

MANCHESTER: England have the right balance to beat Australia at this year's Ashes series, South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has said after his team's 3-1 series defeat by Joe Root's side. Hosts England completed their series victory with a 177-run win at Old Trafford on Monday in a keenly contested series. Australia will host England for five tests in one of the world's most famous sporting rivalries with the first match beginning on Nov. 23 in Brisbane. England's opening bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad is…