Sport Rabada leads South Africa to series-levelling win but set for ban

20:00  12 march  2018
20:00  12 march  2018 Source:   The Age

Banned Rabada returns to top of ICC rankings

  Banned Rabada returns to top of ICC rankings Banned on Monday, top of the ICC bowling rankings on Tuesday. It has been quite the few days for South Africa's Kagiso Rabada.A dramatic few days for Kagiso Rabada has culminated in the South Africa seamer returning to the top of the bowling ICC Test Player Rankings.

It was initially set for Saturday evening but was delayed for 24 hours because on-field umpire Chris Gaffaney, who is required to attend the hearing, was ill. He served a one-test ban in England. Rabada 's is the fourth player disciplinary case of an ill-tempered South Africa -Australia series , which

PHOTO: AFP. PORT ELIZABETH: South Africa seamer Kagiso Rabada risks missing the remainder of the series against Australia after being charged with a Level Two offence by the The hearing will be heard by match referee Jeff Crowe on Saturday evening, with Rabada set to contest the charge.

Charged again: Kagiso Rabada.© AP Charged again: Kagiso Rabada. Port Elizabeth: Kagiso Rabada is almost certain to be suspended for the rest of the series after being charged yet again but he has gone out with a bang, completing the fourth 10-wicket haul of his young career to lead South Africa to a six-wicket triumph over Australia.

The Proteas drew level at 1-1 with Australia on Monday afternoon, successfully pursuing a victory target of 101 at St George's Park.

Rabada played a major role in the Proteas' victory here with match figures of 11-150 but his fiery side may end up costing them the series.

The 22-year-old had already been almost certainly headed for a two-match ban over contact he made with Steve Smith after dismissing the Australian captain earlier in the match. If there was any doubt about his enforced holiday, it appeared to be confirmed by the latest level-one charge for the Warner incident.

Rabada takes centre stage as South Africa beat Australia

  Rabada takes centre stage as South Africa beat Australia Kagiso Rabada took 11 wickets in the match but may yet turn from hero to villain as South Africa beat Australia by six wickets in the second test on Monday to level the four-match series. South Africa made heavy work of reaching their modest target before captain Faf du Plessis (2) and Theunis de Bruyn (11) guided them to 102 for four.The victory, however, is likely to be overshadowed by a ban for Rabada who was handed a new charge from the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday after already having a disciplinary hearing on Sunday.

Faf du Plessis- led South Africa beat India by 135 runs in the second Test to seal the three-match Test series 2-0 at Centurion on Wednesday. Rohit (47)and Shami (28) stitched together a 53-run partnership before Rohit was dismissed by Rabada . Chasing 287 for a win , India were bundled out

Rabada was charged with a level two breach of the International Cricket Council's code of conduct regarding inappropriate physical contact. Port Elizabeth: South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada is in danger of being banned for the rest of the Australia series De Villiers bats South Africa into lead .

Mitch Marsh is skittled by Rabada.© AP Mitch Marsh is skittled by Rabada.

Rababa was again in the thick of the action on the fourth morning, cutting short Australia's resistance as Australia were bowled out for 239 in their second innings.

South Africa reached the finishing line midway between lunch and tea.

Australia's hopes of making the hosts sweat had suffered an early setback when Mitchell Marsh dropped a straightforward chance at first slip in the second over after Josh Hazlewood enticed an edge out of Aiden Markram.

Australia did make a breakthrough before lunch with Nathan Lyon taking a return catch off Dean Elgar (5) with his first ball of the innings.After the break Hazlewood ended up having Markram caught in the cordon, by Smith, for 21 to reduce South Africa to 2-32.The only problem was that brought the dazzling AB de Villiers to the middle. The champion South African No.4 lost Hashim Amla (27) flashing at a wide ball from Pat Cummins but he was in no mood to waste time.De Villiers hit a quickfire 28 from 26 balls, although he was undone for the first time in the series by an Australian bowler when caught well by Cameron Bancroft at short leg off the bowling of Lyon.It was too little, too late for Australia, though, as Theunis de Bruyn (15 not out) and Faf du Plessis (2 not out) completed the job.

Rabada had taken only six balls to strike on Monday, knocking back the off stump of Mitchell Marsh for 45. The Australian all-rounder responded by delivering a foul-mouthed spray as he walked past the Proteas spearhead, the latest of a series of ugly incidents that have plagued the series.

Star bowler Rabada banned for rest of SA-Australia series

  Star bowler Rabada banned for rest of SA-Australia series <p>The decision by the International Cricket Council was announced just hours after Rabada was the star of the show in the second test at St. George's Park.</p>Rabada's first offense, of intentionally bumping into Australia captain Steve Smith after dismissing him in the first innings, earned the young quick three demerit points and took him over a disciplinary threshold. That led to an automatic two-test ban.

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Leading by only 41 runs overnight with five wickets in hand, much rested with Marsh and Tim Paine. But the wicketkeeper quickly lost partners. Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Lyon were also removed cheaply, the first two by Rabada and the latter by Lungi Ngidi.

Hazlewood, at No.11, at least ensured the Proteas would need to reach three figures to square the series, heaving his way to 17 before holing out to Ngidi at deep midwicket when he took on Keshav Maharaj once too often. Paine was left as the not out batsman on 28.

While South Africa have squared the series the impending ban of Rabada has taken the gloss off that feat.

Before the additional charge on Monday, he was already facing a series ban because of a physical send-off of Smith in Port Elizabeth.

His poor disciplinary record means he will miss the third and fourth Tests unless the Proteas successfully have the first charge downgraded or thrown out.

Match referee Jeff Crowe conducted a hearing at the ground on Sunday night but is yet to reveal his verdict.

Warner, Quinton de Kock and Lyon were all charged after an acrimonious first Test in Durban, which Australia won by 118 runs.

The 22-year-old Rabada has dominated Australia, claiming the fourth 10-wicket haul of his 28-Test career.

To put those numbers in perspective, the only Australians with more 10-wicket Test hauls are Clarrie Grimmett (seven), Dennis Lillee (seven) and Shane Warne (10)

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Lyon excited about facing Rabada in third test .
Lyon excited about facing Rabada in third testRabada successfully appealed against an International Cricket Council sanction for brushing the shoulder of Australia captain Steve Smith in the second test, getting his punishment reduced from three demerit points to one.

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