Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

'Going too far': Why the South Africans aren't happy after second Test

'Going too far': Why the South Africans aren't happy after second Test

Star South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada was banned for the rest of the series against Australia on Monday after being found guilty of two charges of misconduct for aggressive wicket celebrations in the second test in Port Elizabeth.

Rabada received support from South African captain Faf du Plessis, who complained about the firebrand's level-two charge being the same sanction as Warner received for his stairwell altercation with Quinton de Kock at Kingsmead last week. I just need to just do more and more, striving for perfection.

Rabada was also fined 50 percent of his match fee and issued three demerit points after a disciplinary hearing following his denial of the charge.

"I think all the quicks are going really well". For me, they're not. That took his total of points after three previous offences to eight and triggered an automatic two-Test ban. He scalped 11 wickets in the game and was also awarded Man of the Match for his efforts as the hosts levelled the series.

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.

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

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"If I do get banned, I will have to see it as a big learning curve and not repeat the same mistake". This job fell to match referee Jeff Crowe, who had to decide whether Rabada would be suspended for the remainder of the series for his shoulder bump with Steven Smith during Australia's first innings. I am not happy about it but time moves on.

The ICC announced on Monday morning that Rabada, who rattled through the Australian batting line-up and now has six wickets in their second innings, will have to answer a Level 1 offence for his send-off of controversial opener David Warner on Sunday.

Morne Morkel, left out of the second Test and chasing three wickets to become the fifth South African to take 300 Test wickets, is the obvious replacement for Rabada for the third Test starting in Cape Town on March 22.

"There are a lot of grey areas [in the rules]".

He added: "I won't change the way I express myself, but I'll just get far away from the batter". Honestly, I didn't feel contact in that moment.

The thought has struck me with increasing conviction that the Aussie side presently touring our shores has a little sneakily gone out of its way, even if only with certain individuals most consciously involved, to goad known match-winning figure Rabada into stepping over the ICC-defined line of conduct. "It's the same as with Lord's - I didn't try and appeal [the charge] because I knew I did it". The Test cricket I grew up playing - my first series was against Australia - was a real eye-opener and to hear all the things I was called.

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