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SA to appeal against Hall suspension

South Africa will appeal against Andrew Hall's two-match test suspension imposed after confrontations during an ODI against Pakistan.

india Updated: Oct 11, 2003 18:30 IST

South Africa will appeal against all rounder Andrew Hall's two-match test suspension imposed after confrontations during a one-day international against Pakistan.

"We will be appealing the two tests ban in the given time limit with the match referee," team spokesman Geralk de Kok said on Saturday after a team meeting.

Hall and South Africa captain Graeme Smith will miss Sunday's final one-day international after being penalised by match-referee Clive Lloyd on Saturday for the mid-pitch spat during the second match in Lahore last Sunday that also involved Pakistan's Yousuf Youhana.

Hall also received a two-test suspension, ruling him out of the rest of the tour but for which he has the right of appeal.

Lloyd found all three players guilty of breaching the code of conduct. Smith and Youhana were also fined 50 percent of their match fees.

"The provisions of the code of conduct are there to ensure that the game is played in the right spirit and the penalties imposed reflect the fact that on this occasion these players acted in a manner that was not consistent with their obligations as professional cricketers," Lloyd said in a statement on Saturday.

Wicketkeeper Mark Boucher will lead South Africa on Sunday when the one-day series will be decided.

Pakistan will have Inzamam-ul-Haq back in action after missing the last two games. He has captained nine one-day internationals, winning them all.

Smith said he was happy with the way the team had got the clinical basics and disciplines right in the last two games that South Africa won.

"The main thing is that we have come out on top in two pressure games and we can keep on improving," he said.

"There is no tomorrow for us in Sunday's match and it is disappointing not to play, " Smith added.

South Africa can turn to reserve players Neil McKenzie, Van Wyk, Charl Langeveldt and Alan Dawson to replace Smith and Hall, but Van Wyk and Langeveldt have not played so far in the series.

After the third one-dayer in Faisalabad this week South African all rounder and former captain Shaun Pollock was fined his full match fee for dissent.

First Published: Oct 11, 2003 18:30 IST