Rabada banned for remaining Tests against Australia due to 'inappropriate' conduct


Kagiso Rabada claimed 11 wickets in the game as South Africa dismissed Australia for 239 in their second innings and knocked down the target of 101 runs with six wickets in hand in the second Test in Port Elizabeth to level the series 1-1 with two more games to go.

Kagiso Rabada's 11-wicket haul in the second Test at St George's Park against Australia has propelled him back to the top of the MRF Tyres ICC Test Rankings for bowlers.

Faf du Plessis, the South Africa captain, questioned the integrity of the International Cricket Council's disciplinary approach after Kagiso Rabada, the pacer, was banned for two Tests while David Warner, the Australia vice-captain, wasn't suspended despite his ugly row with Quinton de Kock, the South African wicketkeeper. But I have to move forward.

That incident cost Rabada a further 15 per cent of his match fee and an additional demerit point.

Australia allrounder Mitchell Marsh was also found guilty of swearing at Rabada during the fourth day's play on Monday and received a demerit point.

With Steyn and Rabada out, Australia will have the edge on a drier pitch, which leads me to think we may see the first true green seamer of the series. "I haven't heard today, but before today they were all feeling fine, so hopefully with a good 10-day break they can freshen up a little bit".

The points resulting from Rabada's latest misdeed have triggered a two-Test ban that will force him to miss the rest of the current series, unless South Africa successfully appeal.

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Rabada is one of the most popular cricketers in South Africa, mainly for his major talent but also because he is a young black player in a sport focusing on bringing black players through to the national team to erase the legacy of apartheid. It was a short flick of two players and you'd get one or two demerit points as a slap on the wrist because it wasn't full-body contact.

Warner accepted a Level 2 offence and was fined 75% of his match fee by the ICC over the incident, but avoided a one-Test ban. The match referee, Jeff Crowe called the captains and team-managers to a gathering on the evening of the second-Test in an attempt to quiet on the spot. "I just asked the same question".

"You could say that the contact (between Rabada and Smith) was very, very minimal".

The third Test of the series is scheduled to start at Newlands on 22 March. "I have to see it as a learning curve".

"There are a lot of grey areas but rules are rules. I'll just get far away from the batter". If I knew I did it deliberately, I wouldn't have gone to contest.

"I've played a lot more now since 2014 and the more you play, the more people have plans to you to try to keep you quiet and those kind of things", Smith said.

Even though Australia managed to remove both the batsmen, it was a matter of time before they completed the chase in 22.5 overs with six wickets in hand.