Proteas

Amla: Allegation against Faf is ridiculous

2016-11-18 10:20
Faf du Plessis (Getty)

Sydney - Proteas players have rallied behind beleaguered captain Faf du Plessis as he faces allegations of ball tampering after the second Test against Australia.

READ: ICC charges Faf, pleads 'not guilty'

Du Plessis is subject to an International Cricket Council investigation, accused of shining the ball while having a sweet in his mouth during the match at Hobart which South Africa won by an innings an 81 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-Test series.

The full South African squad attended a news conference on Friday, standing behind top-order batsman Hashim Amla as he spoke on his captain's behalf.

"The reason everyone is here is to stand together, really, and to show solidarity," Amla said.

"We thought it was actually a joke. It's not April, but the allegation against Faf was a really ridiculous thing," Amla said. "As a team, we're standing strong, we've done nothing wrong."

The accusation against Du Plessis was that having the sweet in his mouth could produce a sticky saliva which, when applied to the ball, could affect its movement through the air.

"I chew bubble gum while I'm on the field - you want me to brush my teeth after lunch?" Amla said. "We're standing out on the field for two hours... there was no malicious intent whatsoever."

South Africa team officials then tried to shut down the news conference and engaged in testy exchanges with reporters. Amla continued to defend du Plessis.

"Is it proven or what? Because that's something that is really new to us," Amla said. "I've had sweets in my mouth, bubblegum in my mouth, butong, nuts. I'm not sure what the big deal is.

"To a lot of people, it's sounding more like sour sweets."

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