Rabada charged after Smith incident

Doug Mendoza
March 12, 2018

One of the elements that livened up a slow day out in the middle, the brass band that has been a popular fixture at St George's Park for two decades, was asked to stop playing by umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Sundaram Ravi.

Cricket South Africa said Rabada, who devastated the Australian batting order on the first day of the second Test on Friday, has been charged with a level two offence following an incident with Australian captain Steve Smith. The match is hosted at Port Elizabeth where Australia won the toss and like the first match they chose to bat first.

Trapping Smith plumb in front, a red hot Rabada is likely to draw some attention from match officials after he sent the Aussie skipper back to the dressing room with a bump.

Should Rabada be found guilty, he will receive a minimum of three demerit points, which would take him to a total of eight in the last 24 months. The match referee Jeff Crowe will hold a hearing on day two or three of the Test.

South Africa were poor in the opening innings but put up a good fight in the second, where they were set a mammoth 417-run chase and fleetingly looked capable of achieving it before their resistance crumbled. David Warner scored 63 runs highest for the team.

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Australia lead the four-Test series 1-0. Later, Khawaja joined with Warner but within next six runs he was gone too.

South Africa struck again after the break, as Philander prolonged Usman Khawaja's slump in foreign conditions, before recalled paceman Lungi Ngidi bowled the ideal inswinger to disturb Warner's stumps. The 22-year-old then sent Shaun Marsh packing in the same fashion.

Amla had some luck, given out twice leg before wicket, only to have both decisions overturned on review - the first because he got outside the line to a Cummins delivery and the second due to a massive inside edge off Josh Hazlewood. Rest Mitchell Marsh, Cummins and Starc could not touch double figure runs so far. They did not able to play complete first day but finished their innings in 71.3 overs.

South Africa were 153-2 at tea - with two batsmen on half-centuries - and heading for a significant first-innings lead at St. George's Park until Mitchell Starc bowled Hashim Amla with a swinging yorker on the fourth ball of the last session to start Australia's comeback.

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