Rabada soars to reclaim top spot in Test rankings

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A year ago he was found guilty of deliberate physical contact with Sri Lanka's Niroshan Dickwella and was given three demerit points. It has 48 hours to decide on a possible appeal, the team said, although captain Faf du Plessis admitted he was not confident an appeal would be successful.

But his 11 wickets for 150 runs will likely be somewhat overshadowed if, as expected, he receives a two-match suspension after amassing a whopping three more demerit points in an incident likely to be termed "Shouldergate" by people who like to add the suffix "-gate" to the end of words that appear in controversial incidents. "It's good for the game of Test cricket", Du Plessis said.

The 3rd Test between them will take place in 22nd March, 2018 at Newlands Cricket Ground in Cape Town.

"He [Rabada] has to show that passion, otherwise you can just put a bowling machine [on] and [make a] robot bat".

Rabada was also fined 50 percent of his match fee and issued three demerit points after a disciplinary hearing following his denial of the charge. For me they are not.

Faf du Plessis has questioned worldwide cricket's disciplinary approach, stunned that David Warner's staircase rampage and Kagiso Rabada's rowdy send-off could both be worth three demerit points. When du Plessis was charged with ball tampering during the tour of Australia in November 2016, he chose to contest it despite clear evidence that he had a mint in his mouth at the time that he applied saliva to the ball.

"For me, it's just about looking at the context of the series, and it's crucial that you have the best players playing", he went on.


"We were outplayed in all aspects", Smith said. "I just asked the same question". The ICC's two-match ban on the pacer for on-field indiscipline hasn't been a popular decision, especially in times of debate about five-day cricket's longevity and relevance.

"There are a lot of grey areas but rules are rules. I'll just get far away from the batter".

Rabada's current-day actions seem positively mundane and innocuous in comparison, and the incident that really triggered the two-game sit-out bizarrely - at least to me - also seemed among the more sterile on his own "list".

"So, I would assume if it was a normal situation, you could say that the contact was very, very minimal".

"[I need to] see it as a big learning curve and not repeat the same mistake ..."

Rabada has taken 15 wickets at an average of 16.80 in the two tests against Australia this month, with his raw pace and accuracy testing the quality of the visiting batsmen.

The game is also, regrettably, going increasingly down the road that I believe is impeding modern rugby union, too: bogged down in cumbersome, nit-picky litigiousness and a culture where referees, umpires and other officials assume a weightier, more subjective share of the limelight and influence than they should. "I'm not happy about it".

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