Faf suspended for final Test against Pakistan

Mohammad Abbas' return to fitness means the impressive Shaheen Shah Afridi's place in the eleven is under threat. — File

"I understand that if it is happening on days four and five because that's what happens in Test cricket; wickets deteriorate significantly and so they should, but it shouldn't make your first innings a lottery and I think that batting here in the first innings is extremely tough".

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has been suspended for one Test and fined 20 per cent of his match fee after his side were charged with a slow over rate in the nine-wicket second Test victory over Pakistan at Newlands.

Hashim Amla was forced to retire hurt on two after being hit on the right upper arm by a ball from Amir which lifted sharply off a good length. I don't know what was going on; they were just better than us, but it was very disappointing; as a team we did not play well.

Steyn drew level with Richard Hadlee of New Zealand in tenth place on 431 wickets on the all-time Test wicket-takers list.

South African captain Faf du Plessis said he did not care much about complaints about the pitch, especially by Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur.

"We didn't get enough runs in the first innings", he said.

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He, more than anyone else, will be focused to correct this, " Kohli said on the eve of the final Test". Follow live as Australia host India in the Sydney Cricket Ground test .

Amir went on to pick four wickets in the first innings. "Our batsmen showed their courage, hopefully we'll have confidence (into the third test)".

On the other hand, du Plessis was delighted about his personal performance especially considering his lean run of form in the recent past - which also saw him dismissed for a pair during the first Test in Centurion. I have wanted it (the hundred) for a while. "(It is an) unbelievable place to play cricket, with the mountains around and the crowd is fantastic as well.

"You have to adapt your game, and Temba (Bavuma) was a great example".

"We come in, the crowd is great, closest to a Barmy Army atmosphere, it's a lot of fun coming here, and our bowlers like it, there's usually something for the bowlers". Our bowling was not up to the mark and we averaged 130km/h compared to them at 145km/h.

"Everyone expected this wicket to get worse because of the cracks, but it actually got better". "Playing a subcontinental team on a pitch with pace, for me it was pretty easy".

Pakistan are bolstered by the return of pacer Mohammad Abbas, who missed the first Test with a shoulder injury.

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