Kagiso Rabada banned for final Test against England
South Africa’s premier fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has been suspended from the decisive fourth Test against England after his celebration dismissing Joe Root in Port Elizabeth broke the rules of behavior.
Match official Andy Pycroft charged the bowler with a level one breach of the International Cricket Council’s Code of Conduct which relates to ‘using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his or her dismissal during an international match’.
No formal hearing was made as Rabada admitted his offence after the day’s play and accepted the sanction.
Rabada has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee and picked one demerit point that is added to his previous tally of three making it four in a period of two-year. Four demerit points over a two-year period leads to an automatic one-match ban.
The 30-year old bowler received two demerit points in 2018 against Australia and another during India series earlier that year.
This is also the second time Kagiso Rabada is banned for an accumulation of demerit points. He was banned for the first time during South Africa’s tour of England in 2017 resulting him to miss the second Test at Trent Bridge.
🏏 Root clean bowled by a low one from Rabada
— Sporting Life (@SportingLife) January 16, 2020
😲 This celebration cost Rabada a place in the fourth Test
🔢 He was issued with a demerit point – his fourth in two years – and that means a one-Test ban
Harsh? 🤔 https://t.co/4QT48Z8Qhj
— Sporting Life (@SportingLife) January 17, 2020
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) January 16, 2020
Rabada gets one to stay low and it cannons into Root’s off stump! Big wicket for South Africa and England are 148-4.
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) January 16, 2020