Contrite Rabada wants to learn from latest ban

Alicia Farmer
March 13, 2018

It's the second disciplinary charge for Rabada in the match after he was reported for a more serious level two offense for bumping into Australia captain Steve Smith in the first innings.

Rabada already had five demerit points on his record, and the three-point penalty for the offence means he incurs an automatic two-match ban.

Eight demerit points triggers a suspension of two Tests or four limited-overs games.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I can't keep doing this because I'm letting the team down and also letting myself down". "Honestly, I didn't even feel the contact in that moment because I was just so pumped up".

"You're always just a couple of innings away from people saying, 'Hold on, is he still good enough?'" he said.

Kagiso Rabada recognises the need to relook his on-field conduct, because the rate at which he is being charged for code of conduct violations is affecting the team.

He completed figures of 6-54 and a match aggregate of 11-150, the fourth time he has taken 10 or more wickets in a test.

The paceman denied the charge but he was found guilty and fined 50 percent of his match fee.

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Match referee Jeff Crowe has certainly had his hands full, issuing a whopping six charges so far.

It's not the first time Rabada has been forced to the sidelines, he was banned for the second test against England in July previous year after swearing at Ben Stokes, with the punishment pushing him to four demerit points. "I would have loved to be playing in the next game, especially coming off a performance like that".

In a major blow to South Africa, fast bowler Dale Steyn's much-sought return is delayed once again as he has been ruled out of the third Test of the four-match series against Australia after failing to recover fully from a heel injury.

South Africa lost openers Dean Elgar and Aiden Makram early before they were steadied by a 49-run partnership between De Villiers and Hashim Amla.

The key wicket was that of Mitchell Marsh, the last of the Australian top six, and Rabada accounted for him in the first over of the day by nipping a quick delivery in to rattle his stumps and end his innings on 45. Australia had a small opportunity to put pressure on Faf du Plessis and de Bruyn with 20 runs still needed, but de Bruyn held his nerve to knock off most the remaining runs.

Lungi Ngidi (two for 24) had Nathan Lyon (five) caught by De Kock, before Tim Paine (28 not out) and Josh Hazlewood (17) added 28 for the final wicket as the Australian second innings ended on 239.

Pat Cummins fell to a sharp catch at gully by Theunis de Bruyn and Mitchell Starc edged a drive to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.

Australia won the first test in Durban by 118 runs.

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