South African pacer Kagiso Rabada was yesterday banned for the two remaining Tests against Australia - and admitted that he would have to change how he celebrates wickets.
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. "This means Rabada has accumulated eight demerit points within a 24-month period automatically leading to a two match suspension".
"In regards to Mitch Marsh, it's a good break now between now and the next test match and he's telling me he'll be fine but we'll wait and see how things go", said Smith, who also gave a clean bill of health to Australia's pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.
But Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Marsh shared a fighting fifth wicket partnership of 87 and nearly succeeded in taking their team through to the fourth day with at least a glimmer of hope.
He is now targeting the final round of franchise matches, beginning March 22, the same day as the third Test against Australia with the aim to be fit in time for the fourth and final match in Johannesburg. To be honest, I just let it out.
Rabada missed a Test against England a year ago because of a send-off, while pace icon Michael Holding has already warned him he must take control of his emotions. De Kock contested his charge of a Level 1 offence but was fined 25% of his match fee.
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Rabada was found guilty of a Level 2 ICC Code of Conduct offence of "inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with a player" and suspended on the grounds of the same. He had the opportunity to avoid the contact, and I could not see any evidence to support the argument that the contact was accidental.
To put that in perspective, Rabada has taken only 28 Tests to achieve four ten-wicket matches.
According to the Independent, the 22-year-old earned two conduct breaches for his antics throughout the Test and as a outcome, he is now set to be banned for two matches.
Rabada's early blitz ensured Australia, 180-5 overnight, didn't get too much more in its second innings at St. George's.
However‚ captain Faf du Plessis (2) and Theunis de Bruyn (15) were on hand to steer the ship home.
Lungi Ngidi then joined the party as De Kock took another catch to send Nathan Lyon packing. It was a near-replica of Elgar's dismissal to the off-spinner in the first innings of the first Test in Durban.