AB de Villiers banned for two games for South Africa's slow over rate


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The South Africa captain, AB de Villiers, has been banned for two one-day internationals for a slow over rate in the one-wicket defeat to New Zealand in Paarl on Saturday.

South Africa's players were also fined 100 per cent of their match fees after the Proteas were found to be six overs short of their target at the end of the match.

De Villiers, who pleaded guilty to the offence, will miss the ODIs with New Zealand in Kimberley on Tuesday and Potchefstroom on Friday.

Elsewhere, rain and a wet outfield brought a premature end to the fourth ODI between Australia and Sri Lanka yesterday. Mitchell Starc hit a career-best 52 not out as Australia rallied to 222-9 and Sri Lanka were 14 for no wicket when rain forced the players off. The match was abandoned two hours later. Sri Lanka head to Hobart for Wednesday's final match with a 2-1 lead.