Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Kagiso Rabada suspended for rest of Australia series

Kagiso Rabada suspended for rest of Australia series

Rabada was named the man of the match after claiming 11 wickets in South Africa's comfortable second Test win in Port Elizabeth.

Rabada contested the charge, but was found guilty, and slapped with a 50 percent match fee fine along with three demerit points.

When asked if he had been more pumped up for this match after the shenanigans of Durban, Rabada said his preparation had been no different. "I've let myself down and the team down".

Rabada ended the match with combined figures of 11 wickets for 150 runs, proving to be the clear difference between the sides. "I cant keep doing this because I'm letting the team down and I'm letting myself down".

Rabada said he would need to avoid getting into close proximity with opponents. Rabada attended a disciplinary hearing at St. George's Park on Sunday and now will wait for the match officials and the International Cricket Council to decide his fate.

Rabada was found guilty of a Level 2 ICC Code of Conduct offence of "inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with a player" and suspended on the grounds of the same. "I just asked the same question", he added. Actually I don't know whether I will be playing or not.

Eight demerit points triggers a suspension of two Tests or four limited-overs games. It's the same as with Lord's - I didn't try and appeal (the charge) because I knew I did it. In comparison, Dale Steyn has five 10-wicket hauls but in 86 test matches.

"To turn it around like we did, especially losing the toss, them being 90/1 in the first session... this was just a great Test match for me and showed off the huge pride and character that is in our team".

"But I have to move forward and I have to see, if I do get banned, then I have to see it as a big learning curve and not repeat the same mistake, because I've "repeated" the same mistake in the eyes of the umpires".

"I just have a lot of sympathy. he's crossed the line a couple of times and I think he's regretting that".

He received a further 15 percent fine of his match fee and an additional demerit point bringing his total to nine.

Lungi Ngidi and South African teammates celebrate the wicket of Nathan Lyon on day four of the second test.

As far as the fast bowler is concerned, the second Test ought to be remembered for his 10-wicket haul, which included a fascinating spell where he took 6-54.

Before his punishment was confirmed on Monday, Rabada himself appeared to concede that he was likely out of the rest of the series. Tim Paine was left unbeaten on 28.

Lyon had Dean Elgar (5) caught and bowled with the last ball before lunch and when Hazlewood removed Aiden Markram (21) shortly after the resumption, Australia sensed an opportunity.

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