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Proteas captain, AB de Villiers, has been handed a one-match suspension for maintaining a slow over-rate during the Proteas’ ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final against New Zealand in March. The ban will take effect for Friday’s opening One-Day International (ODI) against Bangladesh in Mirpur. This incident was de Villiers’ second minor over-rate offence in the same format within 12 months following the offence against Australia in Perth in November 2014.

Following this, the Proteas’ management have decided to release de Villiers from the squad for the upcoming three-match series starting in Mirpur on Friday.

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South Africa  wrote another chapter in their history of famous 50 overs contests against Australia when they beat the world No. 1 ranked side by seven wickets with 20 balls to spare in the second ODI of the triangular series at Harare today.

Australia won the first match against Zimbabwe, gaining a bonus point in the process, with the result that they remain top of the log for the time being. The Proteas will have the chance to go top when they play Zimbabwe on Friday.

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Once universally derided as the great 'chokers' in world cricket, South Africa has discovered a new steely spine in the T20 format as the Proteas booked their place in the semi-finals of the ICC World T20 with a narrow 3 run win against England, the third straight time that they have defended a target successfully in a thrilling contest.

AB de Villiers was the star of the show for South Africa as he took the England attack by the scruff of the neck to play one of the legendary innings of T20 International cricket.

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AB de Villiers underlined his ability to take his game from one extreme to another as he led the South Africa act of defiance against a rampant Australian side on the fourth day of the third Test match at Sahara Park Newlands on Tuesday. De Villiers occupied the crease for exactly 100 balls for his unbeaten 16 runs that saw the Proteas reach 71/4 at the close of play in pursuit of a world record victory target of 511.

De Villiers has no doubt cast his mind back to November, 2012, when he occupied the crease for more than four hours to rescue a draw in partnership with his old school mate, Faf du Plessis. As a matter of comparison the Proteas had 77/4 off 50 overs at the close of the fourth day of that remarkable Adelaide Test match with De Villiers having Du Plessis as his partner with an injured Jacques Kallis the remaining dependable batsman to come.

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Dean Elgar staked a claim for a more permanent role in the South African Test starting line-up with the stand-out innings on the opening day of the second Test match at Axxess St. George’s on Thursday.

Fulfilling his specialist position of opening batsman for the first time in the eight Test matches he has played to date he played a vital role in stopping the slickly running Australian machine in its tracks after the Proteas won the toss and lost two wickets for 11 runs with both Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla back in the pavilion.

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AB de Villiers stood man alone against the Mitchell Johnson juggernaut as Australia looked set to take a commanding first innings lead at the close of the second day of the first Sunfoil Test match at SuperSport Park on Thursday. When rain brought a slightly early close to play, South Africa were struggling at 140/6 in reply to Australia’s 397 all out with De Villiers having completed his half-century for the 11th Test in a row to equal a record held by Sir Vivian Richards, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir. He was unbeaten on 52 (94 balls, six fours and a six).

The Proteas, trailing by 257, were left still needing 58 runs to avoid the follow on although it was unlikely that Australian captain Michael Clarke would pursue that option. There is already a bit of uneven bounce in the surface and Nathan Lyon is extracting some spin, benefiting from the footmarks created by Johnson, and he will not want to bat last under such circumstances.

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Jacques Kallis settled South Africa down one more time as a battle of cat and mouse for the first innings advantage between South Africa and India took centre stage on the third day of the second Sunfoil Test match at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Saturday.

Following an opening stand of 103 between Graeme Smith and Alviro Petersen in pursuit of India’s first innings total of 334, the Proteas were rocked back on their heels by the loss of both these players as well as Hashim Amla for the addition of only 10 runs that saw them struggling at 113/3 on a pitch that was giving considerable assistance in the way of turn and bounce to left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja.

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