Rabada handed two-Test suspension

South Africa bowler Kagiso Rabada

There was no respite for Australia whatsoever with the 22-year-old also had Pat Cummins (5) caught in the gully to complete his fifth wicket in the innings and 10th in the game and soon his next wicket came when Mitchell Starc (1) edged one to the keeper.

The ICC released its updated rankings one day after confirming Rabada's two-Test ban, which will force him to miss the rest of the four-Test series against Australia that is now level at 1-1.

Rabada said he had contested the charge for brushing Smith at a hearing because he did not touch him on objective.

He was fined 50% of his match fee and issued three demerit points after a disciplinary hearing.

"I've let myself down and let the team down", Rabada said.

The game is also, regrettably, going increasingly down the road that I believe is impeding modern rugby union, too: bogged down in cumbersome, nit-picky litigiousness and a culture where referees, umpires and other officials assume a weightier, more subjective share of the limelight and influence than they should.

Rabada hit the 151kmh mark, produced unplayable reverse-swing, claimed key scalps at clutch moments, and consistently challenged the batsmen to achieve the fourth 10-wicket haul of his 28-test career. "I have to see it as a learning curve".

Rabada earned three points for making physical contact with Steve Smith on day one, while he copped one point for screaming in the face of David Warner during a send-off on day three.

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"He had the opportunity to avoid the contact and I could not see any evident to support the argument that the contact was accidental".

"It is also disappointing that this has happened the day after the pre-match meeting I had with both teams, where the importance of respect for opponents was highlighted".

Mitchell Marsh lost 20% of his match fee and gained a demerit point for swearing after he was dismissed by Rabada on Monday. The final two matches in the series will be played in Cape Town and Johannesburg. My baptism into Test cricket in 2005 was a WHOLE lot worse!

"I don't know what I'm thinking actually".

"I'm pretty happy not to be playing Test cricket when you scream a couple times with passion, give a few sends off & then get banned!"

Two Tests down, two to go, and the odds remain as closely fought as ever. Kagiso Rabada celebrates after taking the wicket of Australia's Usman Khawaja. 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. "If I knew I did it deliberately, I wouldn't have contested it. To be honest, I just let it out", he added.

"That was my question: why are both of these incidents labelled as exactly the same?" This is clearly a player Australia want out of the picture, if they are going to have any chance of fighting back to win the series.

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