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Vernon fined for ball tampering

Galle: South Africa seam bowler Vernon Philander was fined 75 per cent of his match fee, after being accused of ball tampering during the first Test against Sri Lanka.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) said the 29-year-old was charged after footage emerged of him attempting to change the condition of the ball by scratching the surface with his fingers and thumb on Friday.

“The charge was laid following the conclusion of Friday’s play and after viewing of television footage by on-field umpires Billy Bowden and Richard Kettleborough, third umpire Nigel Llong, fourth umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge as well as match referee Jeff Crowe,” the ICC said in a statement.

“The incident that led to the charge took place in the afternoon when Philander was shown on the footage to be changing the condition of the ball by scratching the surface with his fingers and thumb. The footage, which was not aired during live coverage, was viewed by the umpires after close of play.

“The penalty was accepted by Philander without contest so there was no need for a hearing.”

“I’m sure other sides are probably a little bit better at doing it than we are and it’s maybe something that we cut out completely,” South Africa coach Russell Domingo said after play.

“It’s not something that we pride ourselves on; it's not the way we want to play it.”