Kevin Pietersen slams ICC's decision to ban Kagiso Rabada Kicker

Marsha Scott
March 15, 2018

Proteas dependable batsmen AB de Villiers magnificent century and Kagiso Rabada's magic with the ball helped South Africa leveled the series against Australia at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth.

South Africa won by six wickets after Rabada's fast bowling ensured it needed to chase a modest 101 runs for victory.

The second Test match between South Africa and Australia got the best out of Kagiso Rabada who literally bamboozled the visitors on his own. "There are quite a bit of learning opportunities for us to take going forward", South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said.

Rabada's peak in the rankings comes a day after he picked up four demerit points for two separate incidents during the second Test against Australia.

Rabada's first offense, of intentionally bumping into Australia captain Steve Smith after dismissing him in the first innings, earned the young quick three demerit points and took him over a disciplinary threshold.

The decision robs South Africa of their best bowler in a series they have just fought their way back into. Because for me they're not.

"I think we're going on the sensitive side with everything at the moment". That brought him a further 15% match fee fine and one demerit point, making it a total of nine demerit points and a total fine of 65% of his match fee.

Cape Town - I think we can safely call it "official" ... cricket is now a full subscriber to the soulless world some would wish us to inhabit, where stiff political correctness, pious indignation and insipid self-righteousness just about eclipse excellence in the middle.

More news: Bihar By-polls election results: RJD Wins the Jehanabad Assembly constituency
More news: Trump Order Bans Broadcom-Qualcomm Merger
More news: Google Assistant takes big step forward with support for custom commands

"You could say that the contact (between Rabada and Smith) was very, very minimal".

Du Plessis argued Test cricket is becoming too sanitised. As the match referee mentioned, there are bigger things at play here, that's why he didn't ban Davey Warner and make it a level three offence because it's a series between two big teams.

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".

"Kagiso Rabada has been reported for a level 1 offence for the send-off given to David Warner during the third day of the Port Elizabeth Test".

As a sign of his pending greatness, Rabada has four 10-wicket hauls to his name from just 28 matches. "To be honest, I just let it out", he added.

Whether caught behind or low or on three occasions even directly bowled, there can be no doubt that this is a direct strategy of Rabada himself, if not the entire team and management as well.

The ICC also announced a 20 percent 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 on Monday.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER