March 23, 2018

Kagiso Rabada given two-match ban after Steve Smith collision

13 March 2018, 01:44 | Taylor George

Rabada suspended for the rest of the series against Australia

Rabada suspended for the rest of the series against Australia

South African pacer Kagiso Rabada was yesterday banned for the two remaining Tests against Australia - and admitted that he would have to change how he celebrates wickets.

Having dismissed Australia for 239 in their second innings in the morning session‚ South Africa needed only 101 runs to win.

Dale Steyn took 86 Tests to reach his South Africa record of five 10-wicket hauls, with Allan Donald only mustering three landmark single-Test returns in 72 matches.

A level-one offence carries a punishment of one or two demerit points and a fine of up to half of his match fee.

This took Rabada up to eight points within the last 24 months. "Australia are going to have times when they put you under pressure and we absorbed brilliantly with Dean and Hashim, making sure the bowlers stay out there and bowl third and fourth spells", du Plessis said.

"You could say that the contact (between Rabada and Smith) was very, very minimal. I can't keep doing this because I am letting the team down and I am letting myself down", he was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo.

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The ruling therefore activates a two-Test ban, meaning Rabada will play no part in the forthcoming Newlands and Wanderers showdowns. "If I knew I did it deliberately, I wouldn't have gone to contest", Rabada said. I was just flat, physically and mentally.

He was docked a further 15 percent of his match fee for this violation and handed one demerit, taking his overall total to nine. "It's the same as with Lord's - I didn't try and appeal because I knew I did it". Really good to see him in top form again. I have to see it as a big learning curve and not repeat the same mistake. I'm not happy about it. However, they could add only 59 more runs for the loss of the last five wickets.

Rabada said he let his emotions get the better of him, though his celebrations on Monday were noticeably more muted.

Tim Paine showed great composure with the willow but finished 28 not out, running out of partners while attempting to build a more imposing target. In the match, Australia won the toss earlier and made a decision to bat first. It didn't. Injured allrounder Mitch Marsh shelled a simple slips catch when South Africa were 0-7 in the second over of the run chase.

Hazlewood then injected some venom into the Aussies by grabbing Aiden Markram's wicket after Lyon had Elgar caught and bowled.

Rabada hit the 151 km/h mark, produced unplayable reverse-swing, claimed key scalps at clutch moments, and consistently challenged the batsmen to achieve the fourth 10-wicket haul of his 28-Test career.

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