"It's been a crazy week. I have compassion for what he's going through. "I think he's one of the good guys and he's just been caught in a bad place," said Du Plessis, who has twice been found guilty of ball tampering himself, but was only fined and never banned. "I did send him a text. From a really deep place in my heart I feel for the guy. "I don't want to see guys going through that stuff. "It's going to be incredibly hard for him over the next days so I sent him a message of support, saying he'll get through this and he must be strong."
.@faf1307 spoke to the media earlier today. “It’s been a crazy week. I do feel sorry for Steve (Smith), I do have compassion for what he’s going through. I think he’s one of the good guys, but he’s just been caught in a bad place & he’s obviously taking responsibility for that” pic.twitter.com/gj1pUxcDhg— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) March 29, 2018
Du Plessis said that although he regarded the bans imposed on Smith, Warner and Bancroft as harsh, he understood the context of the high values Australians expected from their cricket team. Du Plessis welcomed the announcement by International Cricket Council chief executive Dave Richardson that there would be a review of the ICC code of conduct and penalties. "I think it's overdue. All we ask for is consistency. There are a lot of grey areas," said Du Plessis, who was only made South Africa captain after being caught ball-tampering. Despite his sympathy for Smith, Du Plessis said he and his team were determined to "finish the job".
Faf on having reached out to Steve Smith. “I did send him a text... You don’t want to see guys go through that stuff, so I sent a message of support saying he’ll get through this... There is a lot of respect between us.” #ProteaFire #SAvAUS pic.twitter.com/FevBw1SBqbMarch 29, 2018
Faf says the Proteas want to finish this series strong and is looking forward to a tough game of Test cricket from the Australians come tomorrow. #ProteaFire #SAvsAUS #SunfoilTest pic.twitter.com/nzyGtdaHbk— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) March 29, 2018