Banned Rabada returns to top of ICC rankings

Kagiso Rabada dismissed Steve Smith and the Marsh brothers in quick succession

He was fined 50% of his match fee.

Warner committed a level-two offence in the first Test.

The incident involving Rabada took place in second Test between South Africa and Australia when during celebrations, after dismissing Steve Smith, the bowler made physical contact with the Australian captain.

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

If an appeal is lodged‚ the team management said‚ Rabada "will still be suspended unless the judicial commissioner is appointed early and hears an argument to allow him to still compete whilst the hearing is being sorted out". I have to see it as a big learning curve. "I'm not happy about it, (but) time moves on". It was a short flick of two players and you'd get one or two demerit points as a slap on the wrist because it wasn't full-body contact. ICC rules brought in recently are aimed at stopping any physical contact at all between bowlers and batsmen, though, in an attempt to crack down on incidents that might cause flashpoints in games.

Lungi Ngidi (two for 24) had Nathan Lyon (five) caught by De Kock, before Tim Paine (28 not out) and Josh Hazlewood (17) added 28 for the final wicket as the Australian second innings ended on 239.

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.

Du Plessis argued Test cricket is becoming too sanitised.

Rabada said it was different from the case against him when he gave Ben Stokes of England a send-off in a Test at Lord's a year ago, which resulted in a single demerit point which added to a previous three points ruled him out of the next Test.

Rabada said it was different from the case against him when he gave Ben Stokes a sendoff in a Test at Lord's a year ago, which resulted in a single demerit point which added to a previous three points ruled him out of the next Test.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) immediately announced it was seeking legal opinion.

"We haven't got a hundred so far in this series, so that's not ideal", Smith told Australian radio station SEN. Later, Rabada came but scored 29 runs and gone. His father is a doctor and his mother a lawyer and he went to a well-known private school in Johannesburg, one of the most expensive in the country.

"I would love to be playing", Rabada said, but "it doesn't look good".

With the series now level at 1-1, the Cape Town Test - beginning Thursday March 22 - looms as a pivotal match in the series.

Meanwhile, South Africa skipper was not fully aware of Steyn's situation, but he hopes to see the pacer fit in time for the fourth Test.

Australia's minor sniff was snuffed out by the aggression of de Villiers, who struck four fours and one six during his 28 off 26 balls, and his 49-run stand with Hashim Amla delivered South Africa to within 20 runs of victory.

"KG was exceptional. He's an absolute champion of a bowler, I'm really proud of him", Proteas captain Faf du Plessis said.

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