Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

South Africa bowler Kagiso Rabada out of final two Tests against Australia

South Africa bowler Kagiso Rabada out of final two Tests against Australia

The paceman denied the charge but he was found guilty and fined 50 percent of his match fee. "This means Rabada has accumulated eight demerit points within a 24-month period automatically leading to a two match suspension".

Cricket South Africa has 48 hours to appeal against the decision.

"It's a disappointment because you want to have your best players in the series", said captain Du Plessis.

But the odds on him playing in Cape Town are about as long as him feeling better about things because Mitchell Marsh lost 20% of his match fee and gained a demerit point for swearing after he was dismissed by Rabada on Monday. "I cant keep doing this because I'm letting the team down and I'm letting myself down".

Rabada said he would need to avoid getting into close proximity with opponents. I said to him last night I'm just really pleased to see that he is walking the talk.

Rabada contested the first charge, claiming the contact with Smith was unintentional. "To be honest, I just let it out", he said.

"I don't know what I am thinking actually. I take no pleasure in seeing a player suspended, particularly a young player of Kagiso's talent, but he has now breached the ICC Code of Conduct on a number of occasions", said Jeff Crowe of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees.

"I like those battles, it's what makes great Test cricket, it makes people want to watch it".

"But I have to move forward and I have to see, if I do get banned, then I have to see it as a big learning curve and not repeat the same mistake, because I've "repeated" the same mistake in the eyes of the umpires". I became a dad at the same time, all of a sudden two boys are around and I've got a family.

Rabada was hit with a further charge on Monday, a level one offence, following a send-off of David Warner on Sunday.

South Africa made heavy work of reaching their modest target before captain Faf du Plessis (2) and Theunis de Bruyn (11) guided them to 102 for four.

Rabada took the first three of the five Australian wickets that fell for the addition of 59 runs on Monday.

By the end, he had amassed figures of 11-150, including the key wickets of Usman Khawaja on 75, Steve Smith on 11, and Mitchell Marsh on 45. Tim Paine remained unbeaten on 28 in Australia's 239, and their lead of 100 was never likely to be truly competitive.

Notably, after getting Smith out lbw on 25 in Australia's second innings, he appeared to deliberately bump into him as he walked down the wicket. If they let Australia's lower order off the hook, South Africa could have been faced with a tricky chase of 200-plus. With his score on six he was dropped at first slip by Mitchell Marsh off Hazlewood.

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