Rabada back at No1 after 11-wicket haul against Australia

Aus vs SA 2nd Test: AB de Villiers stellar knock puts Proteas in command
Aus vs SA 2nd Test: AB de Villiers stellar knock puts Proteas in command
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15 March, 2018

South Africa's Kagiso Rabada has been banned for the rest of the Test series against Australia after being found guilty of deliberately making contact with the tourists' captain Steve Smith.

But his 11 wickets for 150 runs will likely be somewhat overshadowed if, as expected, he receives a two-match suspension after amassing a whopping three more demerit points in an incident likely to be termed "Shouldergate" by people who like to add the suffix "-gate" to the end of words that appear in controversial incidents. "Of course for me they are not", du Plessis told the media. This, for me, is an important part of Test cricket - the battles that you face.

While the first Test was all about David Warner's blow-up with Quinton de Kock, the second test has been about Kagiso Rabada's bowling but also his aggression.

It still bewilders me how up to seven or eight overs of a scheduled 90-overs day in the Test arena can just "go missing" to the paying public, often without any significant punitive and correctional measure involved. So that was my question that why both these incidents were labelled as exactly the same.

"I found that there was contact between Rabada and Smith‚ and in my judgment the contact by Rabada was inappropriate and deliberate‚" the ICC media release quoted match referee Jeff Crowe as saying. When du Plessis was charged with ball tampering during the tour of Australia in November 2016, he chose to contest it despite clear evidence that he had a mint in his mouth at the time that he applied saliva to the ball.

The ICC said he had "made contact with Steve Smith with his shoulder" after dismissing the Australian captain on Friday. They called me Braveheart, etc etc. One of the major concerns for Australia as they head to the third Test in Cape Town is that not a single Australian batsman has scored a century so far in this series. I won't change the way I express myself but I will get far away from the batter.

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"How I understand it is, the charge against KG (Kagiso Rabada) is level two with three demerit points and the charge against Dave (David Warner) was a level two with three demerit points".

"I didn't even feel contact in that moment because I was so pumped up".

Rabada said it was different from the case against him when he gave Ben Stokes a sendoff in a Test at Lord's past year, which resulted in a single demerit point which added to a previous three points ruled him out of the next Test.

As a sign of his pending greatness, Rabada has four 10-wicket hauls to his name from just 28 matches.

"I'm pretty happy not to be playing Test cricket when you scream a couple times with passion, give a few sends off & then get banned!"

Bowling legend Michael Holding is fed up with ugly send-offs and sledging and has declared it's time to red card offending players out of the game.


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