Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

David Warner, Australia make solid start to 2nd test vs South Africa

Reuters Rabada gave Smith a send-off and brushed his shoulder while crossing the batsman in his celebration
Kristopher Love | 11 March, 2018, 13:13

Rabada was banned for one Test during a series in England previous year after accumulating a total of four demerit points when he was penalised with one point after a send-off of Ben Stokes. I am used to that and it doesn't bother me, ' Warner said after he accepted a level-two charge.

As of writing this article, South Africa are 26-1. "CA supports the sanctions imposed on players from both teams by the ICC, and commends match referee Jeff Crowe for his handling of a hard situation".

Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla ground out half-centuries as South Africa, under the cloud of disciplinary action, made slow progress on the second day of the second Test against Australia at St George's Park today.

According to the reports in The Australian and Channel 9, South African batsmen complained to the on-field umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Chris Gaffaney about the taping on the left hand of David Warner.

Kagiso Rabada's shoulder brush with and send-off of Steven Smith could end up attracting the attention of match officials, already alert to such moments in a series that is - even at just over one-Test old - not short of them.

Still, Rabada's efforts, plus contributions from Lungi Ngidi and Vernon Philander kept the total to 243, Australia's lowest win-the-toss-and-bat-first score of the Smith captaincy era.

Pat Cummins was the successful Australia bowler on the second morning when he bowled Rabada for his second wicket of the innings. He scored his runs off 100 balls with nine fours. They were saved from a worse fate when Tim Paine made 36 and put on 61 with Australia's last two batsmen.

Smith and Shaun Marsh steadied the innings with a patient fourth wicket stand of 44 before Rabada started his devastation.

Speaking before the meeting, which happened between the pre-match press conferences by both captains, Du Plessis said the captains needed to "make sure that things don't get to the stage that they got to in the previous game". "Davey (Warner) said that it was a wicket on which you never feel in".

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