South Africa v Australia: Kagiso Rabada banned for rest of series

But the yin came with the yang.

But, when speaking to media after his side had lost by six wickets on Monday, Smith said he would rather have Rabada in the Proteas line-up.

Thing is‚ Rabada has played only 28 tests.

Rabada hit the 151kmh mark, produced unplayable reverse-swing, claimed key scalps at clutch moments, and consistently challenged the batsmen to achieve the fourth 10-wicket haul of his 28-test career.

"If you look at both those incidents, one is brushing a shirt and the other one is a lot more aggressive", du Plessis said. The skill he has to make the ball talk in both directions.

Rabada's strike-rate now sits at 38.9 . He returned to Tests late past year.

Chasing 101 for a win in the final innings, Mitchell dropped Aiden Markram (21) in the slips in the second over. He ended with the figures of 5/96 as Australia were folded for 243 after being 98/0 at one stage in the first session.

Rabada got his third in quick succession as Mitchell Starc (1) edged a drive to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock. In the second inning, there was the rare occurrence of David Warner, one of the world's elite express bowling players, battling to deal with a bowler's speed. "As you saw in the first innings, it was important for us to absorb a little bit".

Kagiso Rabada at 1.91m is clearly causing David Warner at 1.70m short-man syndrome, which goes against the spirit of the game. South Africa then started well with the ball.

The punishment for Rabada, one of the most exciting young bowlers in cricket and recently ranked No. 1 in tests, is the latest in a series of disciplinary problems for him over the last 12 months. Sorry, mate, that's fair game when your players are dragging KG's name through the mud. "All the stuff that he spoke about, he's coming through with it", du Plessis said. "I'm not happy about it, (but) time moves on". Rabada will remain suspended if he appeals, although South Africa could attempt to convince the judicial commissioner that he should be allowed to play. "If I knew I did it deliberately, I wouldn't have contested it". I was like "ya sure, I'll do it".

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? "I can't keep doing this because I'm letting the team down and I'm also letting myself down", he told reporters after starring in the six-wicket win.

"I didn't feel any contact at all". For me they are not. They called me Braveheart, etc etc. De Villiers made a magnificent 126 not out and had good support from the tail as South Africa scored freely before they were all out for 382 shortly before the scheduled lunch break. He scalped 11 wickets in the game and was also awarded Man of the Match for his efforts as the hosts levelled the series. His first breach came after an altercation with Sri Lanka's Niroshan Dickwella during an ODI at Cape Town a year ago.

The South African has now been charged five times by the ICC for various offences following his twin run-ins in the Port Elizabeth Test.

"The importance of respect for opponents was highlighted", Crowe said.

  • Julie Sanders