Faf du Plessis during day five of the First Test match between Australia and South Africa at the WACA on November 7, 2016 in Perth, Australia.

The International Cricket Council have released a statement following South African captain Faf fu Plessis' decision to appeal the sanction handed down to him on Tuesday.

The ICC are "disappointed" that du Plessis has chosen to appeal, after the Proteas skipper was fined 100% of his match fee for the second Test in Hobart following a ball-tampering incident.

The 32-year-old was caught by cameras placing his finger on a lolly in his mouth before shining the ball, which the ICC believed to be ball-tampering and a breach of their Code of Conduct.

"The ICC is disappointed that Faf du Plessis has chosen not to accept the findings of Match Referee Andy Pycroft and will instead exercise his right to appeal," the ICC said in a statement.

"A Judicial Commissioner will now be appointed to hear the appeal at the earliest opportunity.

"The ICC will wait until the completion of the appeal before making full comment, but at this stage it is important to clarify the Laws of cricket. These state that a player should not use artificial substances to shine the ball.

"The ICC’s understands that to include , but is not limited to, sunscreen, lip ice (lip balm) and residue from sweets.

"The ICC does not wish to prevent players from using these substances for legitimate purposes, however, any deliberate attempt to apply such substances to the ball, as was the case here, will not be acceptable.

"This will continue to be reported and the ICC confirms that unless the Laws are changed, the current practice of charging players when the evidence shows an obvious breach will continue. ICC Umpires will remind all teams of the Laws as they stand.

"Following the appeal we will review the matter along with our members and the MCC to see if there are any learnings to be taken from this issue."