Du Plessis: No hard feelings towards Aussie public

Faf du Plessis insists he has no hard feelings towards the Australian public for their treatment of him during the fall-out from his ball-tampering scandal.

Du Plessis was found guilty after television pictures appeared to show him applying an artificial substance to the ball during the fourth day of South Africa's second-Test win over Australia.

The 32-year-old was fined 100 per cent of his match fee, but has since appealed the decision by the ICC Match Referee.

Du Plessis was booed by the Adelaide Oval crowd during South Africa's defeat to Australia in the dead-rubber third Test, with the relationship between the Proteas and the Australian media having already turned ugly.

A security guard shoved an Australian media member into a glass door in an incident at Adelaide Airport, Cricket South Africa claiming the reporter in question had harassed Du Plessis.

But, speaking after South Africa's seven-wicket loss in the third Test, Du Plessis said: "It was just the last couple of days where there was a little bit of huff and puff around.

"The Aussie public was great until this last week. I think that is just part of riding the wave of what has happened.

"So no hard feelings."

Despite failing to complete a whitewash, Du Plessis was satisfied with South Africa's performance in a series in which they were without regular captain AB de Villiers and premier seamer Dale Steyn.

"Before the series, if you told [someone] the South African team lose those two players, they would say we had no chance," he added.

"The most pleasing thing is everyone in the team stepped up.

"There was not just one guy that we relied on through the series from a batting point of view ... and our whole bowling unit performed at different stages.

"Our mission is successful. The last four days was not to plan but... it's an incredible series to beat Australia 2-1. And to do it three times in a row [in Australia] is a huge effort."


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