19 Jul 2014

Philander fined for tampering

1:25 pm on 19 July 2014

The South Africa seam bowler Vernon Philander was fined 75 percent of his match fee after accepting a charge of ball tampering during the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka.

The International Cricket Council says the 29-year-old was charged after vision emerged of him attempting to change 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 the close of play.

At the end of the third day, South Africa, spurred on by fast bowler Dale Steyn's impressive figures of five for 50, had reduced Sri Lanka to 283 for nine, still trailing the visitors by 172 runs.