Rabada banned for remaining Tests against Australia due to 'inappropriate' conduct


Rabada pleaded guilty to the second charge of provoking Australia batsman David Warner when he screamed in Warner's face after dismissing him in the second innings.

Crowe said he in his judgement the contact with Smith had been inappropriate and deliberate. "I cant keep doing this because I'm letting the team down and I'm letting myself down".

"It's bittersweet. I would have loved to have been playing the next game", Rabada said.

As far as physical contact goes, Rabada was insistent his brush with Smith was entirely accidental, which was the reason he opted to contest the charge. "Honestly, I didn't feel contact in that moment". "I was just exhausted of playing". I never tried to appeal that one because I knew that I did it.

Rabada already has more ten-wicket hauls than many greats.

'I take no pleasure in seeing a player suspended, particularly a young player of Kagiso's talent, but he has now breached the ICC code of conduct on a number of occasions'.

"KG was exceptional. He's an absolute champion of a bowler, I'm really proud of him", Proteas captain Faf du Plessis said. "I have to see it as a learning curve". I am not happy about it but time moves on.

De Villiers, having steadied after a post-tea collapse of 4-28 on day two, batted sublimely while boosting the hosts' bid for a series-levelling victory. However, they could add only 59 more runs for the loss of the last five wickets. It was interesting that it was Smith who was involved in the exchange of shirt material with Rabada, which was [the incident] that got the suspension.

Lyon was caught behind off Lungi Ngidi and last man Josh Hazlewood hit a quick 17 before being caught in the deep off left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj.

That was certainly the case in Port Elizabeth against the Australians, where de Villiers' century on an arduous pitch was of such quality that the opposition's reaction, not for the first time in his career, was tantamount to shrugging their shoulders and applauding. It didn't. Injured allrounder Mitch Marsh shelled a simple slips catch when South Africa were 0-7 in the second over of the run chase.

De Villiers, who had not scored a ton in his last 13 tests, featured in an 84-run partnership with Vernon Philander for the eighth wicket as the pair saw off any potential impact of the new ball from an Australian attack that looked exhausted after their exertions on Saturday.

Nathan Lyon was then charged for appearing to drop the ball deliberately close to AB de Villiers after a run-out.

An 11th dismissal followed when Mitchell Starc edged through to the keeper, giving Rabada the second-best figures by a South African bowler in a Test against Australia.