Proteas captain Faf du Plessis will appeal the ICC’s decision to fine him 100% of his match fee fine and the three demerit points he was docked on Tuesday in relation to the charge of ball tampering in the second Test against Australia in Hobart last week.
Regardless of the appeal, Du Plessis is available to play in the third and final Test in Adelaide on Thursday.
The ICC said in a statement: "The decision was based on the evidence given from the umpires, who confirmed that had they seen the incident they would have taken action immediately, and from Mr Stephenson [MCC head of cricket John Stephenson], who confirmed the view of MCC that the television footage showed an artificial substance being transferred to the ball."
In summing up his decision match referee Andy Pycroft referred to his role as requiring him to make a determination based on the ICC Code of Conduct, the Laws of Cricket and, in particular, the preamble to the Laws of Cricket and the role of the umpires as the sole judges of fair and unfair play.
Du Plessis, who pleaded not guilty to the charge has not yet received Pycoft’s written decision and can lodge an appeal within 48 hours of receipt of the written decision of the match referee.