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Faf du Plessis was fined 100 percent of his match fee for breaching Article 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct Getty Images

Johannesburg: South Africa stand-in skipper Faf du Plessis will appeal the ICC‘s ruling that found him guilty of ball tampering during the second Test of the three-match series against Australia, which the visitors went on to win by an innings and 80 runs in Hobart. Du Plessis was fined 100 percent of his match fee for breaching Article 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct, but was cleared to play the day-night Test beginning Thursday at the Adelaide Oval. The 32-year-old was found guilty after hearing representations and evidence from the umpires as well as Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) head of cricket John Stephenson and ICC match referee Andy Pycroft. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs South Africa, 3rd Test match at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

However, Cricket South Africa (CSA) now confirmed that the decision will be appealed. Earlier, the 32-year-old was charged by ICC Chief Executive David Richardson after the television footage had appeared showing him chewing a white lolly in his mouth, licking his finger on the mint before repeatedly shining and rubbing the ball during the fourth day’s play of the Hobart Test. Earlier, South Africa s stand-in skipper Faf du Plessis was charged by the International cricket Council (ICC) over an alleged ball tampering issue after the end of second Test of the three-Test series against Australia.

The hearing for du Plessis case saw the cricketer being cleared to play the final Test, but was handed out a 100 per cent fine of his match fee, and was also demerited by 3 points. The third and final Test between Australia and South Africa will be played under lights with the pink ball which will be the first ever instance for the African nation.