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

Katrina Barker
March 15, 2018

The two players brushed shoulders in the wake of the Australian captain's dismissal on day one of the second Test at St George's Park, and Rabada was subsequently hit with a level two charge that carried three demerit points.

South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has been found guilty of bumping Australia's Steve Smith on day one in Port Elizabeth, and will miss the rest of the Test series.

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.

Kagiso Rabada regained his top spot among bowlers crossing the coveted 900-point mark in ratings even as Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin climbed up a couple of notches to be placed fourth in the ICC Test Player Rankings, released yesterday.

He will not be able to build immediately on that display, however, after he was found guilty of a level two ICC code of conduct offence of "inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with a player".

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. They called me Braveheart, etc etc.

"So, I would assume if it was a normal situation, you could say that the contact was very, very minimal".

Du Plessis added that he is concerned Test cricket will be nothing more than a "bowling machine out there and a robot to bat" if the International Cricket Council (ICC) continue to penalise players for wearing their hearts on their sleeves.

With Steyn and Rabada out, Australia will have the edge on a drier pitch, which leads me to think we may see the first true green seamer of the series.

"It's going to have to stop".

"People talk about where is the future of Test cricket". But the last time these nations squared off at that ground, four years ago, Philander had one of the worst games of his career, taking 1-158 as the Aussies hammered the Proteas.

"I would love to be playing", Rabada said, but "it doesn't look good".

To put his incredible performance into perspective, Kagiso Rabada has achieved his fourth ten-wicket haul in only his 28th Test match.

Cricket South Africa said it was seeking legal counsel about a possible appeal that could potentially make Rabada available for the next test in Cape Town, which starts on March 22. You'll get one match referee or umpire who played hard, old-school Test cricket and then you get others who go much more by the book. I just think that has changed so much over the previous year or two that you are getting a lot more incidents happening now than before. De Villiers' scores of 126* and 28 in the second Test have pushed him five places up and back into the top ten of the batsmen's rankings, where he has displaced Pakistan's Azhar Ali at No. 7. I have to see it as a big learning curve.

The match figures of 11/150 are the second best by a South African bowler against Australia.

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