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

Kevin Pietersen Kevin Pietersen
Melinda Barton | 13 March, 2018, 13:47

This is also the fourth time Rabada has picked 10 or more wickets in a Test but South Africa will miss his services in the next two Tests after he was suspended by the International Cricket Council for breach of conduct.

SECOND TEST 1. Kagiso Rabada found guilty of level-two offence, having made "inappropriate and deliberate physical contact" with Steve Smith during a send-off.

Rabada is already on five demerit points, and reaching eight demerit points automatically triggers a two-Test ban.

"It's going to have to stop". It is also disappointing that this has happened the day after the pre-match meeting I had with both teams, where the importance of respect for opponents was highlighted.

"I found that there was contact between Rabada and Smith, and in my judgement the contact by Rabada was inappropriate, and deliberate", match referee Jeff Crowe said in an ICC news release. "A lot has been said about how unbelievable KG's rise is, best strike-rate in world cricket at the moment or ever, so I don't think you have to say too much more".

"Obviously these days the attention has focused on what is allowed, what is not allowed, I just think that has changed so much over a year or two".

The South Africans have 48 hours to appeal the decision and were seeking legal advice.

"I said, 'ok fine, let's do it, '" Rabada said.

Rabada's 6-54 followed his 5-96 in the first innings and it was his fourth 10-wicket haul in tests. I was just flat, physically and mentally. The counter-attacking tail-ender was given a taste of his own medicine - reverse swing - and edged behind cheaply as Rabada finished with 11 wickets in the match. So, as local team South Africa started the Test series but at the inaugural Test, Australia won against Proteas by 118 runs at Durban and so, the guest team is now leading the tournament. "When he's in that sort of form, I'm very happy to have him in my side".

The 33-year-old has 297 test wickets and will be eager to add three more before he calls it a day, though his match figures of 3-121 in the first test suggest he lacked rhythm, especially in the first innings.

"It's a disappointment because you want to have your best players in the series", said captain Du Plessis.

"It's bittersweet. I would've loved to have been playing the next game". "I'm letting the team as well as myself down".

David Warner went for 13, after some wonderful bowling by Kagiso Rabada, while Cameron Bancroft fought hard for his 24 runs, but got unlucky when he was yorked and his attempt to dig it out saw the ball played back onto his stumps.