SA considers last-gasp appeal for Kagiso Rabada

Rabada earned man-of-the-match honors for taking figures of 11-150 in the second Test, as South Africa leveled the four-match series 1-1 with a six-wicket victory.

Rabada was named the man of the match after claiming 11 wickets in South Africa's comfortable second Test win in Port Elizabeth.

But he was banned for the two remaining Tests against Australia after being found guilty of "inappropriate and deliberate physical contact" with Australian captain Steve Smith after dismissing him in the first innings.

The 22-year-old was hit with a Level 2 charge by match referee Jeff Crowe, which carried a 50 per cent fine of his match fee and three demerit points.

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"I think we're going on the sensitive side with everything at the moment". PUNISHMENT: Fined 15 per cent of match fee and given one demerit point.

Du Plessis added that he is concerned Test cricket will be nothing more than a "bowling machine out there and a robot to bat" if the International Cricket Council (ICC) continue to penalise players for wearing their hearts on their sleeves.

"For me, if you look at both those incidents, one was brushing of a shirt, the other one is a lot more aggressive".

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On day four Rabada blazed through Australia's tail to finish with six wickets to go with his five from the first dig and restricted the tourists to a lead of just 100, after they had resumed 41 ahead and five down.

I'm in the camp of the at least partially neutral Kevin Pietersen: "It's Test cricket. But that's where I'm sitting as a player, not as an official".

As a sign of his pending greatness, Rabada has four 10-wicket hauls to his name from just 28 matches. Rabada entered this series with an ominous two-Test ban hanging over his head.

South Africa are set to field an understrength attack for next week's blockbuster third Test against Australia, with Dale Steyn ruled out due to fitness concerns and firebrand Kagiso Rabada banned for the rest of the series.

In the batsmen's list, there has been no change with Australian skipper Steve Smith perched at the top while Indian captain Virat Kohli in the second position.

"I'm pretty happy not to be playing Test cricket when you scream a couple times with passion, give a few sends off & then get banned!"

It is all so confusing, and divisive, and South Africans may well have some justification for arguing that the Proteas have copped the rough end of the censuring system - ironically against the team in the world with the strongest reputation by far, and for decades, for often incendiary and crude sledging.

"How I understand it is, the charge against KG (Kagiso Rabada) is level two with three demerit points and the charge against Dave (David Warner) was a level two with three demerit points".

  • Sonia Alvarado