Australia were 'cynical' in Rabada ban

Kagiso Rabada

Kagiso Rabada

Among the hearings and sanctions and violations of the ICC's code of conduct over the last four days, South Africa also won a Test match and levelled a series.

A major problem for South Africa is that Rabada, the team's No. 1 strike bowler, may be banned for those decisive last two tests after he was charged with misconduct for bumping into Australia captain Steve Smith after getting him out in the first innings in Port Elizabeth.

According to the ICC's rules, the 22-year-old was fined 50% of his match fee and issued with three demerit points by match referee Jeff Crowe. Eight demerit points triggers a suspension of two Tests or four limited-overs games.

"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".

Rabada said he had contested the charge on the Smith incident because he believed he had not made deliberate contact with Smith's shoulder, which his captain Faf du Plessis described as "a shirt flick".

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He added: "As I had said before this game, Rabada and (Mitchell) Starc would be the two bowlers to look out for and they would be the ones to get excessive reverse swing since they are exceptional bowlers".

"Luckily for him he's never sort of crossed that line, but I think it's because we get to him".

Rabada will remain suspended if he appeals, although South Africa could attempt to convince the judicial commissioner that he should be allowed to play.

The ruling therefore activates a two-Test ban, meaning Rabada will play no part in the forthcoming Newlands and Wanderers showdowns. In the match, Australia won the toss earlier and chose to bat first. "To be honest, I just let it out", he said.

But Rabada's inability to control his emotions marred the man-of-the-match performance.

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London:AB de Villiers said he felt that he needed to prove he was still worth his place in the South African team, after continuing his return to Test cricket with a match-changing hundred against Australia.

Meanwhile, South Africa skipper was not fully aware of Steyn's situation, but he hopes to see the pacer fit in time for the fourth Test. "Hopefully he keeps celebrating, I love watching it". We talked about it and said should we not maybe send Keshav in but it was no, no, no, we want you.

Rabada ripped through the remainder of Australia's order to leave South Africa's victory a formality.

Steyn's recent injury woe has means he has played one test in nearly 18 months and he did not get through that one.

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