A shocking video has emerged that shows South Africa’s captain Faf du Plessis applying the lolly in his mouth on the ball. The video shows that he was using it to shine the ball to extract maximum swing from the ball.
This is a clear violation of Law 42.3 of the MCC cricket laws that says clearly say that it was not illegal to try and shine the ball. However, no artificial substance should be used in polishing.
The video showed him sticking his fingers in his mouth and use them to shine the ball. But he had lolly in his mouth at the time. An ICC spokesman has said that the body has been alerted about the tape.
According to reports, wicketkeeper Peter Nevill got out on the next ball after the ball was being tempered. Joe Mennie also got out in the same over.
Australia lost the second Test match by an innings and 80 runs. Australia were bowled out for 85 runs in the first innings. They scored 161 runs in their second innings. With this loss, South Africa took an unassailable lead in the series. They had won the first Test match by 177 runs.
Fast bowlers Kyle Abbott took 6 wickets in the second innings, whereas Rabada took 4 wickets. The rout was so complete that Australia lost 8 wickets for 32 runs. 16 batsmen couldn’t score scored in single digits. Steve Smith was the highest run scorer as he scored 48 runs.
Australia were sharply criticised after being destroyed by South Africa. There were talks of total overhaul of the team. Australian media was also very critical of their performance. However, after the video of Faf du Plessis emerged, criticism might shift towards the South African camp. So far, nobody has made a public comment. However, sources privy to Australian media have confirmed that the South African team has denied any wrongdoing.