Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

South Africa v Australia: Kagiso Rabada banned for rest of series

South Africa v Australia: Kagiso Rabada banned for rest of series

That led to an automatic two-test ban. If the commissioner agrees, that could open the door for Rabada to be part of the XI at Newlands.

"That was my question: why are both of these incidents labelled as exactly the same?"

Match referee Jeff Crowe has pronounced that Rabada "had the opportunity to avoid the contact" in his shoulder-brush flashpoint with Baggy Greens captain Steve Smith. The 22-year-old was in stunning rhythm and sent Mitchell Marsh's stumps cartwheeling to begin proceedings on day 4. With Virat Kohli not having received even an extended eyebrow raise for the way in which he walked up to South African batsmen and had words with them when they went out in the recent series against South Africa, this is all starting to feel a little one-sided for the home team.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) rejected Rabada's claim the contact with Smith was accidental.

"You could say that the contact [from Rabada towards Smith] was very, very minimal".

"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". Did you see that?' It's Test cricket. De Kock contested his charge of a Level 1 offence but was fined 25% of his match fee.

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But the fired-up quick has been given four demerit points and fined 65 per cent of his match fee from the game at St George's Park. "I'll just get far away from the batter".

"I'm not 100 per cent sure where Dale is", Du Plessis said.

"For me, the way KG plays the game, he is a competitive fast bowler".

The difference lies in the players' track records. He was slapped with three demerit points for raging at Quinton de Kock in a tea-time row that was deemed to have brought the game into disrepute.

Unfortunately for South Africa and Rabada he will miss the rest of the series following his suspension for repeated breaches of the ICC Code of Conduct.

For Australia, Usman Khawaja's second innings knock of 75 has helped him gain five places to reach 16th position. The next threshold for sanctions is 12, which would result in a three-Test ban.

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Rabada was hit with a grade two for physically shouldering into Steve Smith when he got the Australian captain out in the first innings, and then doubled down to give David Warner a bake to his face in the second dig - attracting a grade one penalty.

He was caught on camera swearing at Rabada after being dismissed early on the fourth morning. While Steyn would have been a welcome addition to the squad in Rabada's absence, his availability hinged on whether he was able to play for the Titans in their Sunfoil Series fixture that starts on Thursday.

Du Plessis said that cricket was only hurting itself by restricting how players could celebrate wickets.

"Everyone asks for consistency".

Cape Town - I think we can safely call it "official" ... cricket is now a full subscriber to the soulless world some would wish us to inhabit, where stiff political correctness, pious indignation and insipid self-righteousness just about eclipse excellence in the middle. Did you see that? "We lost the first match and the whole team was motivated", he said.

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