Faf du Plessis was also fined 20 per cent of his match fee, while the team were fined 10 per cent of their match fees. @ Getty Images
Faf du Plessis was also fined 20 per cent of his match fee, while the team were fined 10 per cent of their match fees. @ Getty Images

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has been suspended from the third and final Test against Pakistan beginning from January 11 at the Wanderers for maintaining a slow over-rate during the Proteas’ nine-wicket win in the second Test at Newlands, Cape Town on Sunday. Du Plessis was also fined 20 per cent of his match fee, while the team were fined 10 per cent of their match fees.

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South Africa’s slow over-rate could be attributed to their all-pace attack for the second Test in which the seamers bowled almost 122 overs across two innings in the match. An extra half an hour was added to the first three days of play.

For the third Test, an inconsequential one, after the hosts took a 2-0 lead on Sunday, may see the experienced Hashim Amla, who copped up a nasty blow on his bicep in the second dig and had to retire hurt. Aiden Markram, who got bruised and sat out in the later stages of play, may also be handed with the captaincy reins.

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Apart from Amla and Markram, Dean Elgar, who has previously led at the U-19 level and in Tests when he stood in for du Plessis against England in 2017, following the birth of du Plessis’ first child, can also be made captain.

The charges against Du Plessis was laid by on-field umpires Bruce Oxenford and Joel Wilson, and third umpire S Ravi. Match referee David Boon, who imposed the suspension after South Africa were ruled to be one over short after time allowances were taken into consideration.