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Faf du Plessis under scrutiny after physical altercation with Jos Buttler


South Africa’s captain Faf du Plessis could face ICC charges after visibly appearing to make physical contact with Jos Buttler on the fourth afternoon at the Wanderers.

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In a sultry Johannesburg day, du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen were unharmed in a partnership that lasted more than thirty overs with Englishmen going into increasing frustration.

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At one stage of the innings, du Plessis was hit on the pads by a throw from Sam Curran from mid-on that led the batsman and several other opponent fielders to exchange heated words. The Proteas captain seemed to deliberately walk into Buttler with continuous verbal altercation with Stuart Broad.

After the conclusion of the match in which South Africa lost by 191 runs, du Plessis played down the physical altercation incident between him and Jos Buttler on the fourth day of the Test.

“It’s part of my character. I am always involved in a little bit of something somewhere in the game. Trying to show that fight as the leader the team, that you don’t stand back.

“It’s not like I am looking for it. It just happens. He said something to me and I said something back,” du Plessis said.

“I don’t think we knew we touched each other. It was just myself and Broady having a go. He (Buttler) was just trying to get between myself and him.

“There was no malicious thing. He was trying to diffuse the situation. He didn’t do anything wrong there. It was just words from Broady,”

he added.

Although no official bearing has come upon the matter, the International Cricket Council (ICC) can go on to reprimand the South Africa skipper. As per ICC’s Code of Conduct, “any form of inappropriate physical contact is prohibited in cricket”.

Such an incident is considered either a Level 1 or Level 2 offence and carries a maximum penalty of four demerit points, which would also bring an automatic suspension.

 

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