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South Africa vs Australia: Kagiso Rabada charged by ICC

14 March 2018

Rabada won the man-of-the-match award as South Africa won the second Test in Port Elizabeth to level the four-match series at 1-1.

The fast bowler, who faces a ban from the remaining two Tests of the series, took six for 54 as Australia were bowled out for 239 in their second innings.

Rabada's 902-point ranking moves him above England veteran James Anderson (887), with Indian spin pair Ravindra Jadeja (844) and Ravichandran Ashwin (803) the next on the list. That took his total of points after three previous offences to eight and triggered an automatic two-Test ban. "For me, if you look at those incidents, one is brushing of the shirt, the other is a lot more aggressive". Because for me they're not.

Rabada contested the first charge, claiming the contact with Smith was unintentional.

The Australians are convinced that if they can't get Kagiso on the first two technical charges, then surely this one is watertight.

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That is a major blow to the Proteas given Steyn's wonderful Test record against Australia - 70 wickets at 27, with a blistering strike rate of 46.

"He (Rabada) has to show that passion, otherwise you can just put a bowling machine and robot to bat".

The hearing was held after play on day three, and match referee Jeff Crowe handed down his verdict on Monday evening (AEDT).

"In regards to Mitch Marsh, it's a good break now between now and the next test match and he's telling me he'll be fine but we'll wait and see how things go", said Smith, who also gave a clean bill of health to Australia's pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.

"It is also disappointing that this has happened the day after the pre-match meeting I had with both teams, where the importance of respect for opponents was highlighted". The pacer admitted that he would have to change how he celebrates wickets.

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

Cape Town - I think we can safely call it "official" ... cricket is now a full subscriber to the soulless world some would wish us to inhabit, where stiff political correctness, pious indignation and insipid self-righteousness just about eclipse excellence in the middle. "I have to see it as a learning curve".

Nathan Lyon got off lightly, by contrast, for his contemptuous "ball drop" incident on (OK, Australians, next to!) a sprawled AB de Villiers, as did Mitch Marsh for his again fairly novel expletives to Rabada as a departing batsman in the second innings of the Port Elizabeth Test.

Both players were docked 50 per cent of their match fees along with three ICC demerit points for their conduct. He is now targeting the final round of franchise matches, beginning March 22, the same day as the third Test against Australia with the aim to be fit in time for the fourth and final match in Johannesburg.

"So, I would assume if it was a normal situation, you could say that the contact was very, very minimal".

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South Africa vs Australia: Kagiso Rabada charged by ICC