AB de Villiers suspended for two ODIs against NZ on slow over rate.AB de Villiers will be forced to miss the next two ODIs against New Zealand after he was suspended for South Africa’s slow over-rate in the first one-dayer in Paarl. South Africa were adjudged to be six overs short of their target and de Villiers pleaded guilty to the offence. The entire South African team was also fined 100% of their match fees.
This was deemed a serious over-rate offence, for which de Villiers got suspension points. That leads to a ban of either Check or ODIs. The other players are fined 10% of their match fees for each of the first overs short & 20% for every additional over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time.
The loss of de Villiers is a large blow for South Africa, as they are already without Jacques Kallis & the injured JP Duminy, leaving them light on experience in the batting. David Miller will be brought in as a replacement for the remaining ODIs.
There’s contenders to be captain in de Villiers’ absence, & it is still not confirmed who will take the job. Hashim Amla is the vice-captain, & is expected to be asked whether they will lead the side; the other candidate is Faf du Plessis, who led South Africa in the Twenty20 series against New Zealand earlier in this tour.
New Zealand lead the series 1-0 after James Franklin’s unbeaten 47 took his side to a one-wicket win in a low-scoring thriller in Paarl.