Du Plessis hearing set for Tuesday


The hearing into Faf du Plessis' alleged ball tampering in the second Test between South Africa and Australia in Hobart has been scheduled for Tuesday.

The ICC opted to take action over the alleged incident last week when, according to world cricket's governing body, "TV footage appeared to show Du Plessis applying saliva and residue from a mint or sweet, an artificial substance, to the ball in an attempt to change its condition".

Du Plessis pleaded not guilty to the charge, necessitating the hearing.

An ICC statement read: "Andy Pycroft of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees held a preliminary hearing on Monday and heard the submissions of the parties as regards when the hearing in relation to the charge laid against South Africa captain Faf du Plessis should take place.

"Following the preliminary hearing, Mr Pycroft has determined that, in the interests of expediency and in order to protect the integrity of the Adelaide Test, the hearing will take place on Tuesday, 22 November 2016, at 15h30 pm (Adelaide time) at the Adelaide Oval."

If found guilty, Du Plessis could incur a fine of up to 100 per cent of his match fee and/or up to two suspension points, and three or four demerit points.