Kagiso Rabada sets up series-levelling win for South Africa against Australia

Kagiso Rabada sets up series-levelling win for South Africa against Australia

"He has received a fine of 50% of his match fee and three demerit points after a disciplinary hearing following his denial of the charge", said the ICC in a statement.

This means that Rabada has accumulated eight demerit points within a 24-month period, automatically leading to a two-match suspension. "I can't keep doing this because I'm letting the team down and I'm also letting myself down".

The punishment was confirmed at the end of play but the potential suspension did little to affect his performance on day four though as the 22-year-old fast bowler got South Africa up and running in the morning session, getting the ball to nip back to Mitchell Marsh (45) and uproot his off stump. He had earned three points for making physical contact with Smith on day one (watch here), while copping one point for screaming in the face of David Warner during a send-off on the third day of the match.

"Rabada bowled exceptionally well throughout the whole match".

"He had the opportunity to avoid the contact, and I could not see any evidence to support the argument that the contact was accidental", Crowe said.

"I'm letting the team down and letting myself down".

Rabada contested the first charge, claiming the contact with Smith, who he brushed past as he celebrated the wicket, was unintentional.

"I was very motivated to prove to everyone that I can still play the game, even though I have been away for a while", he said.

AB de Villiers scored his 22nd Test century South Africa v Australia 2nd Test Port Elizabeth
AB de Villiers scored his 22nd Test century South Africa v Australia 2nd Test Port Elizabeth

However, South Africa's worries going into the next two Tests centre mostly around Rabada who has been suspended and ruled out of the remainder of the series for "inappropriate and deliberate contact" with Australia captain Steve Smith.

"I don't know what I am thinking actually".

It's early days yet in Rabada's career but in all the 2 298 tests played‚ only Sydney Barnes‚ Clarrie Grimmett and Muttiah Muralitharan have taken a higher percentage of 10-fers measured against matches played.

Rabada has continued to have a good match, adding three second innings wickets so far to the five he took in the first innings.

"[I need to] see it as a big learning curve and not repeat the same mistake ... I am not happy about it but time moves on", he told reporters on Monday. However they scrambled home for the loss of four wickets.

De Villiers, having steadied after a post-tea collapse of 4-28 on day two, batted sublimely while boosting the hosts' bid for a series-levelling victory.

Rabada said he let his emotions get the better of him, though his celebrations on Monday were noticeably more muted. Rabada went on to have Pat Cummins well caught by de Bruyn at gully to record his fourth 10-wicket haul in just his 28th Test.

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