Banned Rabada tops test rankings

Posted March 15, 2018

The new ICC player rankings released on Tuesday show that Rabada has returned to number one following his matchwinning 11-wicket haul in the second Test with a career-high 902 points, becoming the fourth South African to break the 900-point barrier after Vernon Philander, Shaun Pollock and Dale Steyn. A year ago he was found guilty of deliberate physical contact with Sri Lanka's Niroshan Dickwella and was given three demerit points.

Rabada was fined 50% of his match fee and docked three demerit points. De Kock contested his charge of a Level 1 offence but was fined 25% of his match fee.

The second Test match between South Africa and Australia got the best out of Kagiso Rabada who literally bamboozled the visitors on his own.

Bowling legend Michael Holding is fed up with ugly send-offs and sledging and has declared it's time to red card offending players out of the game. "If you look at the way KG [Rabada] plays the game, he's a competitive fast bowler and he works bloody hard".

Rabada insisted he needed to make changes to how he celebrated wickets or he would only hurt his nation. For me, it's pure passion.

"I think we're just going too far on the sensitive side, because every incident on the cameras is: 'Did you see that?" Two or three years ago, that was the norm. With Virat Kohli not having received even an extended eyebrow raise for the way in which he walked up to South African batsmen and had words with them when they went out in the recent series against South Africa, this is all starting to feel a little one-sided for the home team.

"I found that there was contact between Rabada and Smith, and in my judgement, the contact by Rabada was inappropriate and deliberate", he said. "We as a team have got no issues with the way the Australian team play their brand of cricket". "People talk about where Test cricket is going". This, for me, is an important part of Test cricket - the battles that you face. "Otherwise you can just put a bowling machine out there and a robot to bat". 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.

Nathan Lyon got off lightly, by contrast, for his contemptuous "ball drop" incident on (OK, Australians, next to!) a sprawled AB de Villiers, as did Mitch Marsh for his again fairly novel expletives to Rabada as a departing batsman in the second innings of the Port Elizabeth Test.

Rabada, claiming his fourth 10-wicket match haul, ended his 28th Test in dejection.

"I would like to open", he said in January but added: "It's a bit tough at the moment because there's two very good bowlers in those roles". I have to see it as a big learning curve and not repeat the same mistake. I am not happy about it but time moves on.