Johannesburg: South Africa captain AB de Villiers has admitted that he fears being punished for his side maintaining a slow over-rate in one-day cricket.
De Villiers was banned for South Africa`s last two ODIs against New Zealand earlier this year after his team failed to complete their overs in the time allowed.
The players were also fined 100 percent of their match fees for the game in Paarl in January, Sport24 reports. The skipper said they really tried to up the tempo against Pakistan on Sunday, yet were still an over behind the allotted time, and he admitted he hates the word over-rate.
De Villiers said he gave his best, they worked hard on it to stay with the tempo and halfway through our overs they were still behind, adding it`s worrying because in the last 15 overs, when the ball gets hit out the park and you have to think about field placing and time gets lost.
De Villiers added they were slightly behind, and it`s tough to determine exactly what the problem is. De Villiers added they are still working on the problem, and at least it was much better against Pakistan than in Paarl where they were six overs behind.
A similar transgression in the next 11 months could land De Villiers in more serious trouble though, and he and his team will be eager to further work on the problem when they gather in Centurion on Wednesday ahead of the second ODI there on Friday.