Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Rabada banned for remainder of Test series

Rabada banned for remainder of Test series

Kagiso Rabada's fourth 10-wicket haul in just 28 Test matches propelled South Africa to a six-wicket victory over Australia - but could prove to be his last action in the four-match series.

He was also fined 20 percent of his match fee for swearing at South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, who was himself banned for the rest of the series for a repeated code of conduct breaches. Eight demerit points triggers a suspension of two Tests or four limited-overs games.

"It's going have to stop". It is also disappointing that this has happened the day after the pre-match meeting I had with both teams, where the importance of respect for opponents was highlighted.

As far as physical contact goes, Rabada was insistent his brush with Smith was entirely accidental, which was the reason he opted to contest the charge.

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"I found that there was contact between Rabada and Smith, and in my judgement the contact by Rabada was inappropriate, and deliberate", Crowe said in an ICC statement. It is scary to think that he is only going to get better and is he keeps going like this, he is nearly certain to end up as the greatest pacer in South Africa's history.

"CSA and KG [Rabada] have 48 hours to appeal the decision by the ICC", said Proteas media manager Lerato Malekutu.

He came into the Test with five demerit points and has already been charged with an ICC Level 2 offence for his aggressive send-off for Australia skipper Steve Smith in the first innings. I was just flat, physically and mentally.

Earlier, Steyn made a Test return during a second match against India in Centurion after being ruled out for 14 months with a shoulder injury. But I have to move forward. I'm not happy about it. South Africa great Allan Donald only had three 10-wicket hauls in his 72-test career. "Hopefully he keeps celebrating, I love watching it".

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"It's a disappointment because you want to have your best players in the series", said captain Du Plessis.

Australia had started the morning on 180 for 5, leading by 41 runs and desperately needing some strong fight from the tail in order to set South Africa a vaguely competitive target.

He said the umpires had shown no indication the players had gone too far too often, except for the stairwell incident with Warner and South African keeper Quentin de Kock, and they would reel it in if they saw something they didn't like.

"As I mentioned before the series, I could see in his eyes that he had a huge hunger and the stuff that we spoke about before this series as a team, he was extremely hungry to make a play".

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