Graeme Smith fined 10 per cent match fee for misconduct
South Africa skipper Graeme Smith has been found guilty of misconduct and was fined 10 per cent of his match fee, barely 24 hours before the Proteas take on Australia in the first Test in Johannesburg on Thursday.
"Smith was found guilty in absentia and fined 10 per cent of his match fee for failing to achieve the minimum number of overs required to be bowled in the third leg of the semi-finals of a Pro20 Series match in Durban on February 18," Cricket South Africa said in a statement on Wednesday.
Another national player Robin Peterson, who admitted guilt in writing, was also suspended from participating in two top class provincial matches for using "crude and abusive" language in a match recently.
Meanwhile, South African batsman AB De Villiers exuded confidence and said pacers Makhaya Ntini and Dale Steyn will hold the key to the first Test.