Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Banned Rabada returns to top of ICC rankings

Banned Rabada returns to top of ICC rankings

Rabada said he had contested the charge for brushing Smith at a hearing because he did not touch him on objective.

South Africa bowler Kagiso Rabada will miss the remainder of the Test series against Australia after he was found guilty of bumping into Steve Smith's shoulder on day one of the second Test in Port Elizabeth.

The home team's victory was spearheaded by fast bowler Kagiso Rabada's 11 wickets in the game while AB de Villiers scored a majestic century in the first innings.

Both players were docked 50 per cent of their match fees along with three ICC demerit points for their conduct. This comes after Steyn was supposed to play for the franchise in their match against the Cape Cobras on Thursday.

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Match referee Jeff Crowe said: "I found that there was contact between Rabada and Smith, and in my judgement the contact by Rabada was inappropriate, and deliberate".

Rabada said it was different from the case against him when he gave Ben Stokes of England a send-off in a Test at Lord's past year, which resulted in a single demerit point which added to a previous three points ruled him out of the next Test.

Rabada received support from South African captain Faf du Plessis, who complained about the firebrand's level-two charge being the same sanction as Warner received for his stairwell altercation with Quinton de Kock at Kingsmead last week.

Rabada also exacerbated his problems with a second charge in Port Elizabeth for screaming in the face of David Warner when he got the Aussie opener out in the second innings on Sunday. He had match figures of 11 for 150 - the fourth time in his 28-Test career that he had ten or more wickets in a match.

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It meant the pacer had accumulated nine demerit points within a two-year period, which automatically triggers a two-match ban. "Now, I just want to keep performing and winning games for the team and to keep getting better and better".

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 was a short flick of two players and you'd get one or two demerit points as a slap on the wrist because it wasn't full-body contact.

The decision by the International Cricket Council was announced just hours after Rabada was the star of the show in the second test at St. George's Park. The Test cricket I grew up playing - my first series was against Australia - was a real eye-opener and to hear all the things I was called. I have to see it as a big learning curve. On the other hand, New Zealand could overtake Australia to the third position if they win their series and Australia go on to lose 3-1 to South Africa.

Rabada, who kept his aggression under control on Monday - although it's likely too late for that - also dismissed Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc as the Australians folded in less than 10 overs of the fourth day.

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