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Agence France-Presse
Johannesburg, January 20, 2013
South African one-day international captain AB de Villiers will miss the last two matches against New Zealand after being suspended for a slow over rate in the first match in Paarl played on Saturday. The South African players, already stung by a surprise one-wicket defeat against the Black Caps, will lose their entire match fee after it was found South Africa were six overs short of their target even after time allowances were taken into account.

De Villiers admitted after the match that he had failed to ensure an acceptable over rate for the match, which finished more than half an hour late.

Match referee David Boon imposed the suspension after De Villiers pleaded guilty to the offence.

There was no immediate word from Cricket South Africa about the appointment of a captain for the remaining two matches, in Kimberley on Tuesday and Potchefstroom on Friday.

Test captain Graeme Smith is still a part of the one-day squad, while Faf du Plessis captained South Africa in a Twenty20 international series against New Zealand earlier in the season.