Rabada suspended after starring in win

Doug Mendoza
March 15, 2018

Australia's batsmen had no answer to Rabada as they dropped like flies in a comprehensive six-wicket loss inside four days that has squared the series at 1-1 heading into the third Test in Cape Town next week.

Rabada took the first three wickets of the fourth day - and started by ripping out Mitchell Marsh's off stump in the first over - to improve his match-haul to 11 and hurry the Australians out for 239 and another batting failure in their second innings.

The ICC released its updated rankings one day after confirming Rabada's two-Test ban, which will force him to miss the rest of the four-Test series against Australia that is now level at 1-1.

Rabada, who accepted his level-one charge for giving Warner a spray, has now been charged by the International Cricket Council five times in 13 months.

He was fined 50 percent of his match fee and given three demerit points, which took him past the tally of eight that triggers an automatic suspension.

"It's going to have to stop". "Now, I just want to keep performing and winning games for the team and to keep getting better and better".

"I think we're just going too far on the sensitive side, because every incident on the cameras is: 'Did you see that?"

"It gives me a chance to do other things and improve my game and think about things a bit more".

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Rabada was the man of the match here with his fourth 10-wicket haul in his 28 Tests, an accomplishment only Waqar Younis can also boast before the age of 23. I have to see it as a big learning curve.

Crowe detailed in a statement how disappointing it was that Rabada's send-off came one day after the match referee met with both captains. The ICC's two-match ban on the pacer for on-field indiscipline hasn't been a popular decision, especially in times of debate about five-day cricket's longevity and relevance. "It's good for the game of Test cricket", said du Plessis.

"This Test was for me just a huge indication of the pride and character in our team". That is KG [Rabada] running in for 15 overs trying to get someone out and eventually when he gets him out, he has to show that passion.

I'm in the camp of the at least partially neutral Kevin Pietersen: "It's Test cricket".

"If I knew that I did it deliberately then I wouldn't have gone in to contest", he said.

"I didn't feel any contact at all".

South Africa's AB de Villiers has returned to the top 10 of the ICC Test Rankings for batsmen, after his match-shaping hundred in the second Test against Australia in Port Elizabeth. So that was my question that why both these incidents were labelled as exactly the same.

In what may not be far off a global first in cricket, a splendidly-performing, officially-branded player of the match, young Proteas pace bowling dynamo Kagiso Rabada, has been yanked from the middle of the engrossing, knife-edge series against Australia.

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