Unhappy With Himself, Kagiso Rabada Promises to Learn from Mistake

Unhappy With Himself, Kagiso Rabada Promises to Learn from Mistake

The fast bowler took 11 wickets in the match, including three on the fourth morning, as South Africa swiftly took the five wickets they needed to wrap up Australia's second innings.

The ICC were still to confirm match referee Jeff Crowe's finding in regards to Rabada's level two charge from the first day of the game, when he made shoulder contact with Steve Smith, when Theunis de Bruyn hit the winning runs before tea on Monday (March 12).

Australia's Mitchell Marsh joined the list of players to be charged with breaches of the players' code of conduct in this series when he was fined 20 per cent of his match fee and handed one demerit point for swearing at Rabada after the paceman bowled him on Monday.

It took Rabada's points accumulation to eight over a 24-month period, leading to an automatic and immediate suspension.

But Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Marsh shared a fighting fifth wicket partnership of 87 and nearly succeeded in taking their team through to the fourth day with at least a glimmer of hope.

The third Test between the Proteas and Australia starts in Cape Town on 22 March. To be honest, I just let it out.

"You're always just a couple of innings away from people saying, 'Hold on, is he still good enough?'" he said.

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Rabada missed the second test against England past year having reached four demerit points. Rabada went on to have Pat Cummins well caught by de Bruyn at gully to record his fourth 10-wicket haul in just his 28th Test. "If I knew I did it deliberately, I wouldn't have gone to contest", Rabada said. He had the opportunity to avoid the contact, and I could not see any evidence to support the argument that the contact was accidental.

"But I think the game has moved forward since the times I played".

A level-one offence carries a punishment of one or two demerit points and a fine of up to half of his match fee.

South Africa lost wickets regularly with opener Dean Elgar (5) going cheaply to be followed after lunch by Aiden Markram (21), Hashim Amla (27) and AB de Villiers (28).

The key wicket was that of Mitchell Marsh, the last of the Australian top six, and Rabada accounted for him in the first over of the day by nipping a quick delivery in to rattle his stumps and end his innings on 45.

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.

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