Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Rabada charged with misconduct for 2nd time in test vs. Aus

Rabada charged with misconduct for 2nd time in test vs. Aus

De Villiers, having steadied after a post-tea collapse of 4-28 on day two, batted sublimely while boosting the hosts' bid for a series-levelling victory.

He had not scored a ton in his last 13 tests but featured in an 84-run partnership with Vernon Philander (36) for the eighth wicket and further 58 with Keshav Maharaj, who swatted at the Australian bowling to score 30 off 24 balls.

"It'd be handy for us not to have to face him", Saker said.

Elgar and Amla played and missed regularly, desperately dug out yorkers and scampered through for risky singles, adding just 43 runs in Saturday's second session. Obviously KG has crossed the line a couple of times, but if I was a bowler I'm sure I would have had a couple of bans by now. We've talked a lot about how we should bowl to him.

The Proteas resumed at 7-263 on day three, with de Villiers unbeaten on 74 and their lead just 20 runs.

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"In a way I understand it. Dale (Steyn), when he's on fire, you don't even understand what's going on in that mind; you just see eyes and all sorts of stuff".

"I was just flat - physically, mentally - and quite a few other factors, I became a dad at the same time".

"I like those battles, it's what makes great Test cricket, it makes people want to watch it". I would've been the same. "That made me a feel a little bit better".

"The events in the first Test were uncalled for and unnecessary, but I won't say that fired us up". Luckily for him he's never crossed that line. I think after that he's a hard person to bowl to, once he gets in.

"If we get to 50 or 70, those are leads that you can maybe hope to nab one or two wickets before they (draw level)".

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Rabada, crucial to South Africa's cause, could be suspended for the rest of the series. Only 22, he has not been in the game long enough to get a full sense of where he will rank in the South African fast bowling pantheon, but a statistic during this Test has certainly put things in perspective.

De Villiers took nearly two years out of the Test arena to concentrate on the shorter formats of the game and spend more time with his young family but came back in December. He's still a kid now, he's just got this raw pace, his arm speed is quite fantastic and he keeps running in. You wouldn't be changing a thing.

Cricket is a competitive game, and sledging will naturally occur when two sides are going at it, especially when two sides as competitive as Australia and South Africa are involved. "The big difference from then to now is that I think I'm a lot smarter", he said.

Sympathy, then, but a dose of realism as well.

Umpire Kumar Dharmasena, Proteas captain Faf du Plessis and team manager Mohammed Moosajee were also present. Crowe was still to deliver his verdict but there was a downbeat air as the quartet walked to the minibus that would deliver them back to their hotel.

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Rabada attended a disciplinary hearing at St. George's Park in Port Elizabeth on Sunday and now will wait for the match officials and the International Cricket Council to decide his fate.

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