Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
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Faf: AB & Rabada were at a different level in this Test

Faf: AB & Rabada were at a different level in this Test

Rabada said he had contested the charge for brushing Smith at a hearing because he did not touch him on objective.

One of the elements that had livened up a slow day out in the middle, the brass band that has been a popular fixture at St George's Park for two decades, was asked to stop playing by umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Sundaram Ravi, who claimed they could not hear the nicks off the bat.

Kagiso Rabada celebrates a wicket with his team-mates Associated Press Australia's innings finished with Nathan Lyon being caught behind off Lungi Ngidi for 5 and Josh Hazlewood caught at deep midwicket off Keshav Maharaj for 17.

He was fined 50% of his match fee.

"Mitchell Marsh probably deserved a hundred in the first test to be fair, but if we're getting batters scoring big hundreds it certainly helps us out a hell of a lot".

Match referee Jeff Crowe, who handed down the punishment, said Rabada could have avoided coming together with Smith. He served a one-test ban in England past year after swearing at Ben Stokes when he got him out.

But he was banned for the two remaining Tests against Australia after being found guilty of "inappropriate and deliberate physical contact" with Australian captain Steve Smith after dismissing him in the first innings.

South African captain Faf du Plessis has called for a wind of change to blow through the International Cricket Council and their disciplinary system following the banning of the freshly-crowned number one ranked bowler in the world, Kagiso Rabada, from the rest of the iconic series against Australia.

Plenty of very decent bowlers never even took a 10-wicket haul in a Test match.

This means Rabada has accumulated eight demerit points within a 24-month period automatically leading to a two-match suspension.

"Both teams have very high class reverse-swing bowlers but what makes KG so special for me is he does it both ways at pace. and he doesn't give a lot of bad balls away". "To be honest, I just let it out", he added. Although he may not have completed the job, leaving Theunis de Bruyn to pierce the covers for the winning runs, the damage had already been done earlier which allowed South Africa to head to Cape Town level at 1-1 after the six-wicket victory.

"I think we're just going too far on the sensitive side, because every incident on the cameras is: 'Did you see that?"

"That was an incredible Test match, especially after Durban where we were put under pressure for most of the Test", Du Plessis said.

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

Meanwhile, Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has also been fined 20 per cent of his match fee and handed one demerit point for a level 1 offence under 2.1.4 of the Code which pertains to "using language or gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an worldwide match".

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