Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

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

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

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis was unhappy with the ICC after it banned paceman Kagiso Rabada for the final two Test matches of a thrilling series against Australia.

Rabada took the first three wickets of the fourth day - and started by ripping out Mitchell Marsh's off stump in the first over - to improve his match-haul to 11 and hurry the Australians out for 239 and another batting failure in their second innings.

South Africa's AB de Villiers has returned to the top 10 of the ICC Test Rankings for batsmen, after his match-shaping hundred in the second Test against Australia in Port Elizabeth.

The South Africa captain also said that the ICC's demerit points system was doing Test cricket no favours, and added that Rabada's incident should have carried the same points as Warner's offence when the Australian opener and de Kock were charged for being involved in a scrap.

Rabada was also fined 50 percent of his match fee and issued three demerit points after a disciplinary hearing following his denial of the charge. South Africa, extraordinarily, haven't yet won a home Test series against Australia since readmission, and 2/1 says that they aren't about to do so this time around.

"I didn't even feel contact in that moment because I was so pumped up".

The International Cricket Council (ICC) rejected Rabada's claim the contact with Smith was accidental.

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"They should just let us play on, the cricket should be the main focus".

Disappointingly, though, following what would go down in history as the "Rabada Test", will be a couple of "Rabada-less" Tests. "People talk about where Test cricket is going". But the last time these nations squared off at that ground, four years ago, Philander had one of the worst games of his career, taking 1-158 as the Aussies hammered the Proteas.

The four-match series is level at 1-1, with the third Test starting on 22 March in Cape Town.

Those are the odds on the 2-2 series draw, which is understandably the bookies' favourite after two matches of vastly fluctuating fortunes. Australia can not take any chances that their shoddy batsmen will have to face Rabada again in the Newlands Test, so they have already been working on a number of further charges to level at KG.

He completed figures of 6-54 and a match aggregate of 11-150, the fourth time he has taken 10 or more wickets in a test.

The game is also, regrettably, going increasingly down the road that I believe is impeding modern rugby union, too: bogged down in cumbersome, nit-picky litigiousness and a culture where referees, umpires and other officials assume a weightier, more subjective share of the limelight and influence than they should. "For me it's just about looking at the context of the series, and it's crucial that you have the best players playing". I have to see it as a big learning curve and not repeat the same mistake.

The South African team said it was considering whether to appeal Rabada's ban.

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