South African captain Faf du Plessis will face an ICC hearing this afternoon in Adelaide to answer allegations of ball tampering after he was caught spitting a ball with a mint in his mouth.
Players are not allowed to shine the ball with artificial substance.
Other South African players have rejected the accusations that the captain modified the state of the ball during the second Test in Hobart.
“Whether it is or not, we’ve done nothing wrong and I know Faf has done absolutely nothing wrong,” player Hashim Amla said. “As a team, we’re standing strong, we’ve done nothing wrong. It’s basically a joke.”
On Monday, the team clashed with media in Adelaide Airport, with Nine Network reporter Will Crouch shoved against a glass wall.
“This is the third incident of a reporter aggressively harassing our players,” said Mohammed Moosajee, The Proteas manager.
“The ‘reporter’ at the airport disrespected us and continued to harass Faf for comment… Throughout the tour we have respected all our media obligations and treated media with utmost respect. At the same time, we would like to see this respect reciprocated and will not accept such behaviour as displayed by the Channel 9 News reporter.”
The hearing will take place at 4pm today.