South Africa consider the ball-tampering allegations against Faf du Plessis to be "ridiculous," and "a joke," and believe their stand-in captain has done "absolutely nothing wrong." That was the message from the team's senior-most batsman Hashim Amla, who addressed the media at the MCG on Friday afternoon, accompanied by the entire South African squad and support staff, who were present to "show solidarity".
"The reason everybody is here is to stand together and to show solidarity to what has been something we actually thought was a joke. It's not April. But the allegations against Faf were really, for us, a ridiculous thing and as a team we are standing strong. For us it is basically a joke. The boys are here, standing strong, " said Amla.
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