South Africa to steer clear of sledging Australia over ball tampering
South Africa cricket team South Africa to steer clear of sledging Australia over ball tampering
- Faf du Plessis wants good-natured series
- First of three ODIs takes place in Perth next month
South African captain Faf du Plessis says his team will not sledge Australia about ball tampering during the Proteasâ ODI tour, and he hopes his players get booed by hostile crowds. Du Plessis insists there is no bad blood between the two sides despite Australian cricket plunging to its lowest depths during last yearâs doomed Test tour of South Africa.Aaron Finch bemoans 'horrific' Australia collapse in T20 defeat to Pakistan Read more
Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were all handed lengthy bans after being found guilty of ball tampering on that tour. South African broadcasters were tipped off that Australian players were tampering, and they eventually caught Bancroft using sandpaper to alter the state of the ball. Bancroft then shoved the sandpaper down his pants to try to hide the evidence.
Du Plessis knows what itâs like to be under the microscope after twice being found guilty of ball tampering in the past. One of those occasions came during a Test tour of Australia in 2016, when he was accused of using sugary saliva from a sweet to change the condition of the ball.
Du Plessis controversially avoided a ban over that in cident, and the Australian home crowd were ruthless on the star batsman during the next Test when he made a fighting pink-ball century in Adelaide. The 34-year-old says itâs not in his teamâs character to sledge, especially about something as serious as Australiaâs ball-tampering controversy.Ben Stokes looks to future with World Cup and Ashes on the horizon Read more
âI donât think us as a team would go there,â du Plessis said ahead of the opening ODI against Australia on 4 November in Perth. âSimilar to, I suppose, the âmint gateâ [that I was involved in]. Even when I played against a team, there was nothing like that (sledging). Itâs got nothing to do with the cricket â" itâs in the past. In terms of what happened in Newlands, thatâs in the past for us. For us, itâs business as usual.â
With the 2019 World Cup in England just seven months away, South Africa will use the tour of Australia to experiment with their squad. And du Plessis hopes his players will cop the wrath from local crowds.
âI just go back to Adelaide when I walked out to bat in that night Test match and there were 60,000 people booing,â du Plessis said. âThatâs what makes home teams so challenging to tour â" when you get to a place where the crowd is intimidating.
âThatâs something that youngsters will take a great deal of learning from. It tests your character. And if you get through it, you show yourself more than anyone else what youâre capable of. Iâm hoping that itâs there for us as a team just to get used to that difference, especially when you go to a World Cup.âTopics
- South Africa cricket team
- Australia cricket team
- Australian ball tampering
- Australia sport
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