After clinching the test series against India, South Africa was fined for maintaining a slow over-rate at the Centurion.
According to a statement by ICC, Chris Broad imposed the fine when du Plessis’s side was ruled to be two overs short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration.
According to Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.
As such, de Plessis has been fined 40 per cent of his match fee, while his teammates have received 20 per cent fines. If South Africa commit another over-rate breach in a Test within 12 months of this offence with du Plessis as captain, it will be deemed a second offence by du Plessis and he will face a suspension.
Du Plessis pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing.
The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Micheal Gough and Paul Reiffel, third umpire Richard Kettleborough and fourth umpire Allahudien Palekar.