Philander found guilty of ball-tampering

Philander was caught "scratching the ball with his fingers and thumb"

Philander was caught “scratching the ball with his fingers and thumb”

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South Africa pace bowler Vernon Philander has been fined 75 per cent of his match fee after being found guilty of ball-tampering during the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle.

Philander was found to have breached clause 42.1 of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) match playing conditions after he was found to be “scratching the ball with his fingers and thumb”.

Philander did not contest the charges against him, which means that there will be no need for a hearing.

The 29-year-old’s actions were not aired live, but they were spotted by the on-field umpires, Billy Bowden and Richard Kettleborough, third umpire Nigel Llong, fourth umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge and match referee Jeff Crowe.

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