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Rabada, De Villiers star in series-levelling win

Rabada, De Villiers star in series-levelling win

It was a level-two charge. "If I knew I did it deliberately, I wouldn't have gone to contest", Rabada said. Warner was docked 75 per cent of his match fee, while Rabada was fined half of his match payment. For me, if you look at those incidents, one is brushing of the shirt, the other is a lot more aggressive. My question was: why are both these incidents labelled the same? Because for me they're not.

Announcing the verdict ICC match referee Jeff Crowe said: "I found that there was contact between Rabada and Smith, and in my judgement the contact by Rabada was inappropriate, and deliberate".

Rabada's captain, Faf du Plessis certainly doesn't want his spearhead to change his spots, but does believe he may "have to get a bit smarter".

"It is so hard to always be consistent because there will always be different interpretations". I was just flat, physically and mentally.

However he could miss the remainder of the series after twice being charged for misconduct during the Test.

"We would want the best players to play in the series, we will still challenge that to make sure he [Rabada] can still play a part in the series", du Plessis conceded.

Now‚ with nine points gathered in five skirmishes with the match referee since February last year‚ Rabada is officially worldwide cricket's worst behaved player.

Ironic that de Villiers, often able to rise above the drudge of Test cricket out in the middle with a bat in his hands, became weighed down with the pressures of playing and all that comes with it off the field - travelling, training, media and sponsorship commitments, time away from a young family.




"He (Rabada) has to show that passion, otherwise you can just put a bowling machine and robot to bat".

"We haven't got a hundred so far in this series, so that's not ideal", Smith told Australian radio station SEN.

Rabada does not come from hardship, though.

The 22-year-old pleaded not guilty to the level two code of conduct offence of "inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with a player".

An 11th dismissal followed when Mitchell Starc edged through to the keeper, giving Rabada the second-best figures by a South African bowler in a Test against Australia.

His scalps included five of Australia's top six - only Cameron Bancroft did not fall to Rabada in either innings - and the two big fish, Smith and Warner, for whom he reserved his most explosive celebrations. He received a further 15 percent fine of his match fee and an additional demerit point bringing his total to nine.

Kagiso Rabada starred as South Africa completed a six-wicket win over Australia at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth to level the four-test series at 1-1.