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Du Plessis surprise at ICC ‘inaction’ over India spat

DUNEDIN, New Zealand: South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said Sunday he was surprised no one had been charged by the ICC after the ugly spat which blighted the Australia-India Test series. "I was, yes. Purely from the reason of what I went through in Australia for something I feel was a lot smaller, so (am) surprised with it," he said in Dunedin following the washed-out end to the first Test against New Zealand. Du Plessis was fined his match fee during a Test against Australia in November for sucking on a mint and…

South Africa captain du Plessis charged with ball tampering

HOBART: South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has been charged with ball tampering, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Friday. Du Plessis was charged after television footage appeared to show him applying an artificial substance to the ball during the fourth day's play in the second test against Australia in Hobart. "Du Plessis has pleaded not guilty to the charge ... Details of the hearing will be announced in due course," the ICC said in a statement. Under cricket rules, a player may shine the ball…