Vernon Philander’s ball tampering against Sri Lanka [watch video]
The Proteas 153-run victory in the first Test in Galle was overshadowed by Vernon Philander’s ball tampering against Sri Lanka, with the seamer fined 75 per cent of his match fee by umpires. Vernon Philander has become the second South African in the last nine months to be charged and fined for ball-tampering after an incident during the ongoing Galle Test. Philander was charged for breaching clause 42.1 of the ICC’s match playing conditions as footage viewed by the umpires after the close of play showed him “scratching the ball with his fingers and thumb”. Philander did not contest the charge so no hearing was necessary.
Footage emerged of the incident 48 hours after it first happened which shows Philander scratching the surface of the ball with his fingernail and thumbnail.