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    HOBART, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 11: Faf du Plessis of South Africa speaks to the media prior to the South African nets session at Blundstone Arena on November 11, 2016 in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis will face an ICC hearing at the Adelaide Oval this afternoon to answer the allegations of ball tampering that have been levelled at him in the wake of the second Test in Hobart.

Du Plessis landed in trouble after television footage appeared to show him shining the ball with a mint in his mouth during the fourth day's play in the second Test against Australia in Hobart.

Du Plessis is yet to speak since being charged by the ICC but recently retweeted a message from Matt Prior regarding the saga that opined "every single team does it".

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Other South African players have vehemently denied that their captain did indeed alter the state of the ball.

Initially South African opener Hashim Amla laughed off the accusations as a joke before du Plessis was charged by the ICC and things intensified for the worse on Monday in Adelaide airport when they clashed with media.

Zunaid Wadee, the Proteas' security official, was attempting to shield du Plessis from questions regarding the mint controversy when he physically clashed with Nine Network reporter Will Crouch.

Wadee repeatedly pushed, shoulder charged and knocked a microphone from Crouch's hands.

He then forcibly shoved Crouch against a glass door as du Plessis, smiling and giving a thumbs up, left the building.

Crouch walked away from the scrap unharmed, while du Plessis refused to comment.

The Proteas, who remain indignant about the accusations levelled at du Plessis, released a statement regarding the physical altercation.

"This is the third incident of a reporter aggressively harassing our players," team manager Mohammed Moosajee said.

"The 'reporter' at the airport disrespected us and continued to harass Faf for comment.

"The 'reporter', who also had no official accreditation, then proceeded to lunge towards Faf with an unknown object causing a direct breach of security protocol.

"Throughout the tour we have respected all our media obligations and treated media with utmost respect.

"At the same time, we would like to see this respect reciprocated and will not accept such behaviour as displayed by the Channel 9 News reporter."

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