Spiteful series sees six charges in two Tests

Spiteful series sees six charges in two Tests

The firebrand fast bowler recorded match figures of 11-150 to help South Africa win the second test in Port Elizabeth on Monday and level the series at 1-1. Rabada maintains he did not deliberately make contact with Australia captain Steven Smith when the pair brushed shoulders on the first day, in the incident which earned Rabada a Level 2 charge, but conceded that he needs to reign himself in.

Rabada contested the charge, but was found guilty, and slapped with a 50 percent match fee fine along with three demerit points.

Eight demerit points triggers a suspension of two Tests or four limited-overs games.

Rabada is one of the most popular cricketers in South Africa, mainly for his major talent but also because he is a young black player in a sport focusing on bringing black players through to the national team to erase the legacy of apartheid.

"I've let myself and the team down", Rabada told reporters after play on Monday. I just got you out'.

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

As far as the fast bowler is concerned, the second Test ought to be remembered for his 10-wicket haul, which included a fascinating spell where he took 6-54. The ICC also announced a 20% fine and one demerit point for Australia's Mitchell Marsh, who accepted a charge of using "obscene or offensive language" after being dismissed by Rabada yesterday.

Smith is struggling. Image Getty
Smith is struggling. Image Getty

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".

"I was very motivated to prove that I can still play this game", said De Villiers, whose performance was described by his former captain Graeme Smith as "one of the great Test innings".

However, Earlier, Australia bat for the 1st innings and scored 243 runs in the first day.

Lungi Ngidi (2-24) had Nathan Lyon (5) caught by De Kock, before Tim Paine (28 not out) and Josh Hazlewood (17) added 28 for the final wicket as Australia were dismissed for 239.

On Monday‚ two-and-a-half hours after his teammates stood back and applauded him off the field for his feat‚ Rabada became the first player to be banned for two matches since the system came into operation in September 2016.

It wasn't long before Pat Cummins departed to another edge and Rabada was celebrating a 10 wicket haul in the match.

Australia won the first test in Durban by 118 runs.

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