South Africa captain AB de Villiers has been hit with a two-match ban after his side were found to be guilty of maintaining a significantly slow over-rate during yesterday’s One-Day International defeat to New Zealand in Paarl.
After unscheduled breaks in play were taken into account, South Africa were deemed to be six overs short of their target by match referee David Boon and were punished according to the part of the ICC Code of Conduct which deals with “serious” over-rate offences.
As such, the players were docked their entire match fees, with captain de Villiers receiving two penalty points, which equates to a ban of either two ODIs or one Test match.
De Villiers will miss the final two matches in the series in Kimberley and Potchefstroom, which South Africa must win, and has been replaced as captain by Faf du Plessis after designated vice-captain Hashim Anla asked not to be considered. De Villiers' place in the squad has been taken by Dolphins batsmen David Miller. This comes despite Miller being in poor form of late; form which has seen him dropped by his franchise for their last match in order to play provincial cricket.
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