Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Rabada gets in Warner's face as South Africa controls 2nd test

Rabada gets in Warner's face as South Africa controls 2nd test

Rabada was due to attend a disciplinary hearing chaired by International Cricket Council match referee Jeff Crowe after being charged with a level-two offence for making physical contact with Australian captain Steve Smith while celebrating Smith's wicket in the first innings.

Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, under threat of a suspension which could rule him out of the rest of the four-Test series, followed up a five-wicket haul in the first innings by taking three of the five wickets South Africa claimed before the close. The ICC is yet to release its decision on that charge. South Africa won the Port Elizabeth Test by 6 wickets. The goal of the tour is, they are scheduled to play four matches Test series against South Africa t the away venue where Proteas is the local team.

"Well it'll be handy for us not to have to face him, that's for sure", said Australia assistant coach David Saker.

Khawaja and Mitch Marsh fought back fastidiously during an 87-run stand in Port Elizabeth on Sunday (Monday morning NZ Time), building a small lead as Australia reached 5-180 in their second innings. To bat: Cummins, Starc, Lyon, Hazlewood Bowling: Vernon Philander 14-5-38-0; Kagiso Rabada 16-7-38-3; Keshav Maharaj 20-2-70-1; Lungi Ngidi 10-4-21-1; Aiden Markram 3-1-3-0.

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If those two men alone could keep up this form throughout the series, Australia would be hard pressed not to lose their first series in South Africa since readmission.

Warner himself has been at the centre of multiple incidents since his introduction into the Australian side, telling India's Rohit Sharma to "speak English" rather than converse in his native tongue, and of course infamously punching England's Joe Root in a nightclub back in 2013.

In contrast, Maharaj opted for an aggressive approach at the crease, smashing three fours and two sixes in a 24-ball knock that further frustrated Australia's attack.

De Villiers made batting look outrageously easy but he insisted it was anything but, especially when he approached three figures.

De Villiers also passed 8,500 test runs during the innings, the fourth South African after Jacques Kallis, Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla to do that.

Rabada missed a Test against England a year ago because of a send-off, while pace icon Michael Holding has already warned him he must take control of his emotions.

"I'm always very motivated playing against these guys", de Villiers said at stumps on Sunday.

De Villiers said he actually believes that he still needs to prove that he belongs in the Test team.

That would be a significant blow for South Africa, given the 22-year-old has already snared eight wickets in the Test. It is amusing to hear someone that's played for 13-14 years say that, but it is true.

"It felt like we were embarrassed in a way on our home soil, so we felt like it was time for us to really get up for it and turn it around".

"I've never lost my love for the game", he said.

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