Rabada found guilty, suspended for two Tests


Rabada earned man-of-the-match honors for taking figures of 11-150 in the second Test, as South Africa leveled the four-match series 1-1 with a six-wicket victory.

Cricket commentator Neil Manthorp joined the Devlin Radio Show to give a South African reaction to Kagiso Rabada's two-test ban.

Rabada already had five demerit points on his record, and the three-point penalty for the offence means he incurs an automatic two-match ban. 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.

Rabada is one of the most popular cricketers in South Africa, mainly for his major talent but also because he is a young black player in a sport focusing on bringing black players through to the national team to erase the legacy of apartheid. Crowe now has 24 hours to arrive at a decision regarding one of Rabada's two send-offs that have marred the ongoing match at St George's Park.

Rabada also exacerbated his problems with a second charge in Port Elizabeth for screaming in the face of David Warner when he got the Aussie opener out in the second innings on Sunday. I just got you out'.

The reason why we went for a hearing (on the Smith charge) was because we believe that there's not a lot of consistency.

"I think all the quicks are going really well". "To be honest‚ I just let it out". I didn't feel any contact at all.

"If I knew I did it deliberately I wouldn't have gone to contest it". He described his emotions as "bittersweet" after one of his best Test matches.

"It's bittersweet. I would've loved to have been playing the next game", said the 22-year-old. I have to see it as a big learning curve and not repeat the same mistake. I'm not happy about it.

The paceman denied the charge but he was found guilty and fined 50 percent of his match fee. While captain Faf du Plessis does not see swearing as part of South Africa's style of play, it has featured in Rabada's send-offs, and may yet do so again, though he will direct his expletives elsewhere.

A magnificent century by AB de Villiers enabled South Africa to take a first innings lead of 139 and Australia lost four wickets before they wiped out the deficit.

Resuming on 180 for five‚ Rabada removed Mitchell March (45) with the sixth ball of the day. Tim Paine was left unbeaten on 28. There were brief moments of doubt for the home side when Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram departed either side of lunch, with the former giving Nathan Lyon a return catch and the latter caught in the slips off Josh Hazlewood.

Australia won the first test in Durban by 118 runs. Overall, however, Australia remain ever so slightly more likely to close out the win - they are 3/1 to claim a 2-1 series scoreline, and 11/4 for 3-1, compared to 5/1 and 8/1 for South Africa to secure the opposite result.