UPDATE: CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA STATEMENT
The Australian media and Channel 9 News in particular have been advised on numerous occasions over the past few days that Cricket South Africa and captain, Faf du Plessis, are not in a position to comment on the alleged ball tampering issue.
However, despite our best to intentions to co-operate with the Australian media, Channel 9 News’ behaviour has been disappointing. We have advised of our media protocol which has been blatantly ignored, both at the team’s hotel in Melbourne on Friday and Saturday and again at the airport in Adelaide today.
This is the third incident of a reporter aggressively harassing our players with blatant disrespect of the above-mentioned media protocol.
The ‘reporter’ at the airport disrespected us and continued to harass Faf for comment. The ‘reporter’ was also in the unusual position of being in the middle of the players’ walkway to the bus. He was advised to move three times, and did not adhere to this request. 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. The reporter also shoved the team manager in the back.
Throughout the tour we have respected all our media obligations and treated media with the 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.
South Africa's fury over a ball-tampering charge has bubbled over at Adelaide Airport, where the tourists' security official has physically clashed with a local journalist. Watch the video below.
Zunaid Wadee, who looks after the Proteas' security, was attempting to shield Faf du Plessis from questions regarding the mint controversy when he forcibly shoved Nine Network reporter Will Crouch against a window.
Wadee also repeatedly shoved and knocked a microphone from Crouch's hands.
Crouch walked away from the scrap unharmed, while du Plessis refused to comment.
Du Plessis, who is facing a one-Test ban, is yet to speak since being charged by the International Cricket Council after allegedly using lolly to induce swing in the second Test against Australia.
Du Plessis' hearing won't take place until the tourists' legal representative arrives from South Africa.
It appears unlikely that will happen before the third Test starts at Adelaide Oval on Thursday. Watch the video below.