Rabada banned for Wanderers Test after Root celebration

Tanya Simon
January 17, 2020

South Africa pace bowler Kagiso Rabada has been banned for the final Test against England following his celebration of Joe Root's dismissal on the first day of the third Test.

Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope shared a crucial partnership to lift England to 224-4 after they had threatened to throw away a promising start on day one of the third Test with South Africa in Port Elizabeth.

In what has been a relatively more dramatic session of play, South Africa picked up two scalps in the post Lunch period, and also almost accounted for the wicket of Joe Denly, to leave England at 117/2 at Tea on the opening day of the third Test.

Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player's match fee, and one or two demerit points.

Rabada pleaded guilty to "using language, actions or gestures which disparage or could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his or her dismissal".

He was initially banned for two matches after being docked three demerit points but this was reduced to one on appeal, enabling him to complete the series but putting him on the threshold of a ban.

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In the past, Rabada has been punished for several incidents with India opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan and the Australian duo of Steve Smith and David Warner.

Not only did they fail to claim a single wicket for the second successive morning session, they took the field knowing that their talismanic fast bowler Kagiso Rabada would play no further part in the series after Port Elizabeth.

He will therefore miss the next #SAvsENG Test.

He also attacked spinner Keshav Maharaj, who had tied England down during an epic 30-over spell on day one, striking a couple of glorious slog-sweeps into the stands as 33 runs were plundered from his first six overs.

Stokes, along with Pope, piled on the misery for the Proteas, adding 111 runs in the 27-over session at a rate of 4.11 run per over.

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