Smith: Anyone's guess if Rabada will be reprimanded for send-off
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 10, 2018,
Mar 10, 2018, 15:29
Having resumed on 39 for one, it was a fruitful morning for South Africa, who only lost nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada (29) when he played onto his stumps from a Pat Cummins (2-23) delivery. When Starc was bowled two overs later, Rabada had taken 5 for 13 in 18 balls and changed the course of the match.
"[I've] no doubt they can deal with all that stuff, they did last week".
His three partnerships with tailenders Starc (8), Nathan Lyon (17), and Josh Hazlewood (10*) totalled a priceless 73 for Australia to be all out for 243. "The other day I was probably out of line".
Rabada's previous two send-offs were each punished with a single point, but on Friday he made physical contact with Smith. The incident has the potential to see Rabada banned for the rest of the series.
Warner had complained on Wednesday that De Kock had made "vile and disgusting" comments about his wife Candice.
Dean Elgar had started the morning on 11 and went to lunch on 38 from 108 deliveries, in no hurry to rush the score along but happy to occupy time.
Not even Steyn, who had taken 4 for 55 in a searing reverse-swinging second-innings spell to win the match for South Africa against Australia at this venue four years ago, enjoyed the Park Drive End.
Vernon Philander was the best of the home seamers returning figures of one for five in 7.4 overs.
Warner ended up being fined 75 percent of his match fee and received three demerit points, while De Kock was fined 25 percent of his match fee and given one demerit point, even after lodging an appeal.
Sutherland said he supported the sanctions and commended match referee Jeff Crowe for his handling of the "difficult situation".
Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland has condemned the Australian team's behaviour in Durban, labelling their antics unacceptable. "I don't think anyone's read it, to be honest".
"You are allowed to celebrate sometimes", said Philander.
The visitors were in a commanding position after opting to bat first and the fast bowler absolutely ran through their line-up just before the tea.
Smith and Shaun Marsh steadied temporarily in a 44-run stand before Rabada removed them both lbw. Smith was given out on-field by Kumar Dharmasena and, in celebration, Rabada continued in his follow-through, shouting "Yes, yes", in Smith's direction.