Rabada tears through Aussie line-up to give South Africa the edge

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    Australia’s batting line-up was yesterday gutted by South African pace dynamo Kagiso Rabada who turned the second Test with a beguiling spell of bowling.

    The tourists made a great start on a tricky pitch, reaching 0-98 just prior to lunch, before Rabada ran amok in the second and third sessions.

    By only looking at Australia’s scorecard you would get the impression they’d surrendered meekly. But that would do a disservice to South Africa’s bowlers and would also ignore just how difficult were the conditions in which Australia had to bat.

    The conditions were ideal for South Africa’s quicks, with a juicy pitch offering generous seam movement and the overcast weather perfect for swing bowling.

    The circumstances favoured the bowlers just as much as they did when Australia collapsed for 85 on the first day of the Hobart Test against South Africa 16 months ago. In scrounging their way to 243, thanks to a fine opening stand and a late-order flourish, Australia produced what potentially could be a competitive total.

    In a 12-over session before stumps Australia picked up the key wicket of Aiden Markram before South Africa finished the day on 1-39.

    Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins both looked dangerous, while spinner Nathan Lyon earned massive turn during the single over he delivered. This gave the impression that, unless the pitch improves for batting significantly tomorrow, it won’t be easy for South Africa to build a sizeable lead.

    Earlier, Australian openers David Warner (63) and Cameron Bancroft (38) willed themselves through the new ball spell.

    Under-siege opener Warner must have been greatly tempted to take out his anger on the Proteas’ attack and flay them in old-school Warner style. But the new Warner, the one who’s greatly reduced his scoring rate since that Hobart debacle, has become adept at batting within himself.

    David Warner

    (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

    For the first time in his 73-match Test career, Warner did not hit a single boundary in his first hour at the crease. At the first drinks break he had dawdled to just 9 from 37 balls, with Australia 0-23 after 14 overs.

    Having got his eye in Warner upped the ante, cracking 54 from his next 63 balls, including nine boundaries in a 98-run opening stand with Bancroft.

    It took a gem of an in-swinger from impressive young quick Lungi Ngidi to dislodge Warner early in the second session. A similarly good piece of swing bowling from Vernon Philander had induced an edge from Bancroft directly before lunch.

    In between the wickets of the two openers, Australia lost Usman Khawaja when he nicked off against Philander, continuing the left hander’s wretched run away from home.

    Khawaja has now averaged just 13 with the bat in his past six Tests away from home, spanning two matches in Sri Lanka, two in South Africa, and one each in Bangladesh and New Zealand.

    With Australia having lost 3-19, captain Steve Smith (25) and in-form middle order batsman Shaun Marsh (24) set about blunting the Proteas attack. They did so for a while before Kagiso Rabada woke from his slumber, having bowled poorly in the first half of the day.

    Kagiso Rabada, bowling at Lord's.

    (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    During a sensational spell of reverse swing bowling Rabada trapped Smith and Shaun Marsh LBW, had Mitchell Marsh and Pat Cummins caught behind, and then castled Mitchell Starc to complete a spell of 5-13. At 8-182, Australia had suffered a collapse of 8-84 after their strong opening.

    Then wicketkeeper Tim Paine (36) played yet another calm, mature knock and, by placing faith in tail-enders Nathan Lyon (17) and Josh Hazlewood (10 not out), he helped Australia reach a respectable total.

    Rabada finished with 5-96 although he is now at serious risk of being banned for the final two Tests because of his send-off of Smith. Due to several previous offences, the South African quick now needs to be given only the minimum one penalty point by the ICC to see him cop a two-match suspension.

    Given Australia’s Nathan Lyon received one penalty point for an incident in the first Test which was no worse than Rabada’s send-off, it seems to be a genuine possibility that Rabada could miss the rest of the series.

    Such an outcome would be a blow to the Proteas and to the series itself, but would be a relief to the Australian batsmen, who were yesterday on the receiving end of an all-time great spell from Rabada.

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    • March 10th 2018 @ 7:38am
      bigbaz said | March 10th 2018 @ 7:38am | ! Report

      Look forward to the comments today.

      • March 10th 2018 @ 8:05am
        Nope said | March 10th 2018 @ 8:05am | ! Report

        Lol. Smith provoked Rabada obviously.

        Didn’t you receive the lecture?

        Aussies bad. South Africans meek and mild.

        We gotta stick to the narrative

        • March 10th 2018 @ 8:11am
          bigbaz said | March 10th 2018 @ 8:11am | ! Report

          Mate there will be some Kiwis and to be fair some sanctimonious Aussies frothing over their keyboards this morning trembling with rage over Rabada. The SAs will be fine.Can’t wait for the rage .

          • March 10th 2018 @ 8:16am
            bigbaz said | March 10th 2018 @ 8:16am | ! Report

            Or maybe it’s only the Aussies they get upset about, we will see.

            • March 10th 2018 @ 8:26am
              rasty said | March 10th 2018 @ 8:26am | ! Report

              I think you answered your own question very accurately baz.😁.

            • March 10th 2018 @ 9:31am
              rebel said | March 10th 2018 @ 9:31am | ! Report

              Let it go Elsa

              • March 10th 2018 @ 9:58am
                Nudge said | March 10th 2018 @ 9:58am | ! Report

                Not much in the Rabada incident. Let it go. Thank god an Aussie didn’t do it though, the world may have stopped.

              • Roar Guru

                March 10th 2018 @ 10:17am
                Ryan H said | March 10th 2018 @ 10:17am | ! Report

                Really hope people do let it go; unfortunately I am doubtful. Didn’t seem like a whole lot in it at all, and further to that we also don’t know if/what Smith said something to provoke it.

                The outcry if an Australian did it though would be off the charts

              • March 10th 2018 @ 11:19am
                rebel said | March 10th 2018 @ 11:19am | ! Report

                Sorry wasn’t talking about Rabada as he was in the wrong.
                More about biggie focussing on a country not involved.

          • March 10th 2018 @ 9:43am
            Marshall said | March 10th 2018 @ 9:43am | ! Report

            It’s not the SA’s who are the worry it’s ironically the Indians. If it had been Kohli instead of Smith they would have demanded a national day of mourning. But now its’ the Aussies fault – must have provoked it. It’s ridiculous.

            The send off itself doesn’t deserve suspension but he’s got form and he’s crossed the line one too many times.

            • Columnist

              March 10th 2018 @ 10:43am
              Ronan O'Connell said | March 10th 2018 @ 10:43am | ! Report

              • Roar Guru

                March 10th 2018 @ 12:30pm
                jeznez said | March 10th 2018 @ 12:30pm | ! Report

                Not good but gee it would be terrible for the series if he was rubbed out for that.

              • March 10th 2018 @ 12:33pm
                Stephen said | March 10th 2018 @ 12:33pm | ! Report

                That was not fitting of a player, he can’t brush our captain like that and get away with it, smith showed good restraint

              • Roar Rookie

                March 10th 2018 @ 12:41pm
                Matthew Pearce said | March 10th 2018 @ 12:41pm | ! Report

                It would be terrible for the series if a player was given appropriate punishment?

                I think it’d be worse for the game to let a bloke off undeservedly because of “spectacle”.

              • Roar Guru

                March 10th 2018 @ 2:09pm
                jeznez said | March 10th 2018 @ 2:09pm | ! Report

                I get that argument Matt – it is valid. I’m being a little selfish in wanting a great series with as many of the best players in it as possible.

                I completely get that those running the game need to maintain standards and shouldn’t take that into consideration.

                Jacko makes a good comment that they haven’t come down hard on anyone yet – a clear statement that the next person to behave inappropriately will have the book thrown at them might be the way to balance the competing needs of maintaining standards of conduct an maintaining the integrity of the series.

                Of course they would need to come down hard on anyone crossing the line – it cannot just be lip service.

                I’m more unimpressed by the actions of the officials with the masks.

              • Roar Rookie

                March 10th 2018 @ 3:01pm
                Matthew Pearce said | March 10th 2018 @ 3:01pm | ! Report

                Absolutely agree there – do those officials have rocks for brains?

              • March 10th 2018 @ 3:31pm
                Flemo said | March 10th 2018 @ 3:31pm | ! Report

                The officials with the masks are a joke, they should get fired

              • March 10th 2018 @ 4:26pm
                Dan in Devon said | March 10th 2018 @ 4:26pm | ! Report

                He has poor form Rabada. He was suspended over here in England – and let his team down with a lack of discipline. Someone needs to get into his ear as he is letting himself and his team down

              • March 10th 2018 @ 6:30pm
                DavSA said | March 10th 2018 @ 6:30pm | ! Report

                Since when were match ups between these 2 teams meant to be a Goldilocks tea party . Rabada has fast bowlers attitude . Long may it continue. What Lillee and Thomo did not have it ?

              • Roar Rookie

                March 10th 2018 @ 7:03pm
                Matthew Pearce said | March 10th 2018 @ 7:03pm | ! Report

                Physical contact is forbidden and automatically constitutes a level 2 breach unless it’s unavoidable and unintentional. Didn’t look like either of those to me. Not about being “soft”, those are the rules.

                Lillee and Thommo have been retired for decades, not sure how they’re in any way relevant to Rabada continually breaking the rules. This would be his 4th serious offence in a two-year period, in case you’ve lost count.

              • March 10th 2018 @ 8:17pm
                Crickettragic said | March 10th 2018 @ 8:17pm | ! Report

                Can’t really complain if you know the rules (and you should if you play at highest level) in a non contact sport. Let’s hope though that there is consistency of this rule unlike ball tampering. Easy to be aggressive in other ways in cricket that don’t involve physical contact. Still reckon curtly Ambrose staring down at a batsman scarier than someone bumping you anyway. All this talk of head butting the line though probably doesn’t help.

              • March 10th 2018 @ 8:24pm
                Crickettragic said | March 10th 2018 @ 8:24pm | ! Report

                Oops this was meant to go in the Rabada discussion – apologies from a rookie!

            • March 10th 2018 @ 8:46pm
              Chris said | March 10th 2018 @ 8:46pm | ! Report

              Unfortunately, he couldn’t get Kohli out in tests.

        • March 10th 2018 @ 10:29pm
          Joseph said | March 10th 2018 @ 10:29pm | ! Report

          The sledging thing was started by Australia, by whom it was supposedly made a “part of the game”. You dished it out knowing that most teams would be reticent to give it back in equal measure.

          That is until “short-man-complex” Warner decided to display his lack of intellect and eventually got it back with interest.

          Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

    • March 10th 2018 @ 8:26am
      Worlds Biggest said | March 10th 2018 @ 8:26am | ! Report

      Great spell by Rabada, was annoyed Smith reviewed the lbw when he was plumb. I didn’t think the send off was that bad but if suspended, Steyn should be back, not a bad replacement. It will be interesting what sort of total the Proteas can post.

      • Roar Rookie

        March 10th 2018 @ 9:30am
        Matthew Pearce said | March 10th 2018 @ 9:30am | ! Report

        Think making contact will be Rabada’s issue, he got 3 demerit points last time he did that against SL. Not sure if it’ll work out the same way but there is precedent.

        More importantly, he’s walking on a fine line and clearly learnt very little from his past incidents. Certain people here should be all over this incident…

        • March 10th 2018 @ 9:45am
          Marshall said | March 10th 2018 @ 9:45am | ! Report

          If it had been Starc or Hazlewood then the lynch mob would be out in force condemning the ugly aussies.

          Given it was Rabada it’s ‘nothing in it he doesn’t deserve punishment’

          The Media/World Cricket following double standard of the Aussie team is a joke.

          • March 10th 2018 @ 10:23am
            Jacko said | March 10th 2018 @ 10:23am | ! Report

            I think you are wrong…..Its not anti Aus any more than its anti any other country….What it is, is the media looking to sensationalise any stars indiscretions, no matter where they are from. Always looking for a story and if there isnt one then throw the word “rumour” in the story and say what you like….. The Aus media is no different and are becoming more aggressive by the day….Im glad the Americans arnt into cricket

            • March 10th 2018 @ 10:42am
              Nope said | March 10th 2018 @ 10:42am | ! Report

              Says the guy who claims any criticism against NZ is anti kiwi. Joke

              • March 10th 2018 @ 11:05am
                Tin man said | March 10th 2018 @ 11:05am | ! Report

                Says the guy that plays the victim card for Australia every single time!…you know what irony is do you…..”nope”

              • March 10th 2018 @ 1:40pm
                Jacko said | March 10th 2018 @ 1:40pm | ! Report

                Getting it all wrong again eh NOPE…Show me where I said what you claim I said…

          • March 10th 2018 @ 10:32pm
            Joseph said | March 10th 2018 @ 10:32pm | ! Report

            Wrong. I’m South African and I find his behavior disgusting. He’s a great talent – one of the best – but that kind of gratuitous aggression is unacceptable. Like that idiot Warner’s comments.

        • March 10th 2018 @ 4:38pm
          Dan in Devon said | March 10th 2018 @ 4:38pm | ! Report

          Rabada has issues with every team he plays against. His heckling of Stokes during the England test match was just ridiculous – he did not know when to stop.

    • Roar Guru

      March 10th 2018 @ 8:54am
      Rellum said | March 10th 2018 @ 8:54am | ! Report

      I haven’t seen much of this game but decks favoring bowlers always produce more exciting games.

      • Columnist

        March 10th 2018 @ 10:28am
        Ronan O'Connell said | March 10th 2018 @ 10:28am | ! Report

        Agree completely Rellum, this pitch made for a fantastic day of cricket yesterday.

        It’s no coincidence that the best Test during each of the past three Aussies summers has been at Adelaide where there was a lot more in the deck for the bowlers.

        Get rid of the roads CA!

        • Roar Guru

          March 10th 2018 @ 12:20pm
          Rellum said | March 10th 2018 @ 12:20pm | ! Report

          Agree with you completley. Add in the modern kookaburra ball and the bowlers get very little. The Tests this year at tje WACA MCG and SCG were borefests. Maybe it is time to switch to full day night FC fixtures.

          The Shield game at the Gabba, where QLD smashed WA (where is Don Freo ) was another good deck where the was enough in it that if bowled well you would put great pressure on the batsmen. You had to bat well to score.

          • March 10th 2018 @ 6:53pm
            Rob said | March 10th 2018 @ 6:53pm | ! Report

            Don will be at the new stadium watching the Rabbits v Warriors. A real game.

        • March 10th 2018 @ 8:22pm
          Crickettragic said | March 10th 2018 @ 8:22pm | ! Report

          Absolutely agree Ronan (love your articles btw and the nuances of your analysis – fine detail on technique ie Mitch marsh changed defensive technique). Roads are killing test cricket. I know ca look at economics getting a test to five days vs four. I’d rather a four day finish from pitches like these on Sa than a five day battathon like the mcg. How many more do they get on a fifth day anyway and is it really worth it to kill off your product?

          • Roar Guru

            March 10th 2018 @ 8:53pm
            Rellum said | March 10th 2018 @ 8:53pm | ! Report

            I assume they make money from media rights as they lose money at the ground on the 5th day since it is usually free to get in.

          • Columnist

            March 10th 2018 @ 10:01pm
            Ronan O'Connell said | March 10th 2018 @ 10:01pm | ! Report

            Cheers Crickettragic very glad you enjoy them mate.

            As far as the Australian Test pitches go they are so terribly disappointing more often than not these days and really lower the quality of cricket we get to see.

      • March 10th 2018 @ 12:44pm
        GD66 said | March 10th 2018 @ 12:44pm | ! Report

        Thank you Rellum ! After watching the s-l-o-w scoring snoozefest that was the last Ashes series (with tv commentators telling us every second over how exciting/thrilling/fascinating it was) I have been about ready to pack it in. This game has fired up !

    • March 10th 2018 @ 9:30am
      Nope said | March 10th 2018 @ 9:30am | ! Report

      South Africans showing their class again

      https://www.theage.com.au/sport/cricket/cricket-south-africa-officials-caught-posing-with-fans-in-sonny-bill-masks-20180310-p4z3px.html

      They have learnt the art of crowd bullying from the kiwis it appears.

      • March 10th 2018 @ 9:33am
        rebel said | March 10th 2018 @ 9:33am | ! Report

        Kicked out of the club again?

      • March 10th 2018 @ 9:46am
        Marshall said | March 10th 2018 @ 9:46am | ! Report

        Didn’t you hear Faf? SA and the Kiwis are the ‘nice guys’ – not like those pesky aussies with their rudeness and inappropriate behavior.

      • Roar Rookie

        March 10th 2018 @ 9:59am
        Matthew Pearce said | March 10th 2018 @ 9:59am | ! Report

        The worst part of this whole taunt is that not only are they happy to sl*t shame Candice and drag her through the mud to get at Warner, they’re also dragging SBW along with them. Ruining the reputations of two people not involved in order to try and get to a volatile cricketer… yep, moral high ground alright.

        It’s pathetic, and SA officials happily posing with them and assisting them says all you need to know about where they really stand on this whole saga.

        For all you blokes somehow unaware of the existence of “the line” and where it stands, this is quite obviously too far.

        • March 10th 2018 @ 11:11am
          Andrew said | March 10th 2018 @ 11:11am | ! Report

          The only “Line” discussed in the laws of the game documentation revolves around the return creases.

          Somehow you have this imaginary line in your head that others don’t Mathew.

          I hope you are also condemning and writing to all the media organizations who publicized the actions of SBW and Candice ? Your morals seem to be higher then many of the others from all sorts of angles surrounding this scenario, but to state everyone must follow or adhere to a line that is pure make is jut crap.

          • Roar Rookie

            March 10th 2018 @ 11:44am
            Matthew Pearce said | March 10th 2018 @ 11:44am | ! Report

            “The only “Line” discussed in the laws of the game documentation revolves around the return creases.”

            It’s a good thing that this subject doesn’t relate to the actual game of cricket, but rather the behaviour of people involved and whether it’s acceptable or not. Also, ICC code of conduct contradicts that statement somewhat, methinks.

            “Somehow you have this imaginary line in your head that others don’t Mathew.”

            Really? No-one else has ever even dared to suggest that some forms of behaviour are more acceptable than others, and that some forms shouldn’t be considered acceptable at all? What a novel concept. Is this remark to suggest that any and all actions are equally acceptable to you?

            I’m happy to criticise trash media outlets and how much they unnecessarily delve into certain topics, but that’s a separate issue, and has little relevance here.

            “but to state everyone must follow or adhere to a line that is pure make is just crap.”

            Is that seriously the lesson you’ve taken from this whole saga? So neither Warner nor de Kock have anything to answer for, and Rabada has nothing to answer for, is that what you’re saying? If you deny that, then there quite clearly exists a line that people must adhere to.

          • Roar Guru

            March 10th 2018 @ 2:44pm
            Edward L'Orange said | March 10th 2018 @ 2:44pm | ! Report

            Andrew, if you think that trying to get to a bloke by alluding that his wife is a sl*t in front of their young children is not out of line, then you’re the one with imaginary stuff in your head.

            The Rabada incident is nothing, but the SBW masks are rough and CSA getting involved is disappointing.

            • Roar Rookie

              March 10th 2018 @ 3:24pm
              Matthew Pearce said | March 10th 2018 @ 3:24pm | ! Report

              Gotta nit-pick you there mate – as much as I hate send-offs, Rabada may well have gotten away with it had he just given him a mouthful. Adding the shoulder in was stupid and extra-unnecessary, though.

              • Roar Guru

                March 10th 2018 @ 6:26pm
                Edward L'Orange said | March 10th 2018 @ 6:26pm | ! Report

                Oh don’t get me wrong, he did the wrong thing when we consider the precedent; our common interpretation of the rules clearly states you can’t touch people, even by accident, and Rabada should know that. But I don’t really agree with the precedent itself. Incidents like this with little result could be ignored.

              • Roar Rookie

                March 10th 2018 @ 6:43pm
                Matthew Pearce said | March 10th 2018 @ 6:43pm | ! Report

                Yeah, I can kinda see that point of view. At the end of the day I’m not sure how much I agree though. I can live with verbal send-offs flying under the radar, as much as I don’t like them. I think as soon as it gets physical, you’re straight up charged, even if it doesn’t spark anything else. There really is just no need for it.

        • Roar Guru

          March 10th 2018 @ 12:16pm
          The Bush said | March 10th 2018 @ 12:16pm | ! Report

          I was horrified to see CSA administrators posing with fans in the masks. This is disgusting stuff.

        • March 10th 2018 @ 8:40pm
          Vic said | March 10th 2018 @ 8:40pm | ! Report

          Not sure how you can s shame an adult woman who makes free and fair choices about who she wants to associate with. The fact that you, Davey and the many others think she should feel ashamed or embarrased about her choices is frankly alarming. And SBW is a victim too? Mate, really, you need to wake up, it’s not the stone age anymore………

          • Roar Rookie

            March 10th 2018 @ 10:09pm
            Matthew Pearce said | March 10th 2018 @ 10:09pm | ! Report

            “Not sure how you can s shame an adult woman who makes free and fair choices about who she wants to associate with. The fact that you, Davey and the many others think she should feel ashamed or embarrased about her choices is frankly alarming.”

            Umm… I never said that. None of us have actually said that at all, and I’m pretty certain that Warner’s reaction isn’t because he’s “ashamed” or he wants to make her feel that way. Where on earth did you get that from? That is some epic strawmanning.

            “And SBW is a victim too?”

            They’re highlighting his behaviour, which is just as irrelevant, and dragging him through the mud for something he has zero involvement in. How is he not in this case? I’m sure he certainly doesn’t appreciate it. I also love how you tried to make out like we’re all victimising Candice but think SBW isn’t, even though they’re in nearly the exact same boat.

      • March 10th 2018 @ 10:02am
        Jacko said | March 10th 2018 @ 10:02am | ! Report

        NOPE Im so glad that you finally are happy to say that verbal abuse is bullying…And if its bullying for a crowd to verbally abuse a player then its just as much bullying for a player to abuse another player……Ban the bullying…..ban the bully…It will soon stop on the field…..And if SA learnt from the Kiwi’s crowds then NZ learnt from the Aussie crowds and has just passed it on to SA…hehehehe

        • March 10th 2018 @ 10:17am
          Nope said | March 10th 2018 @ 10:17am | ! Report

          Oh no Jacko. Kiwis are on their own when it comes to encouraging the crowd to sl*t shame women.
          You guys were the first to break out the SBW masks.

          • March 10th 2018 @ 11:07am
            Tin man said | March 10th 2018 @ 11:07am | ! Report

            Hadlees a wanker…non stop for every test….at least out cricket coach isn’t an out an out racist! You must be proud mate, you seem the type of guy who would be.

            • March 10th 2018 @ 3:30pm
              Jameswm said | March 10th 2018 @ 3:30pm | ! Report

              I was in the crowd. That’s an exaggeration.

              Quade Cooper in NZ anyone?

              • March 10th 2018 @ 4:01pm
                George said | March 10th 2018 @ 4:01pm | ! Report

                Me too. It was regular throughout a whole summer of Tests and WSC.

              • March 10th 2018 @ 6:57pm
                664 neighbour of the beast said | March 10th 2018 @ 6:57pm | ! Report

                No doubt..it happens both ways James. But this guy “nope” thinks Australia are always clean skins and always the victim! It’s like politics, both are as bad as each other!

          • March 10th 2018 @ 1:51pm
            Jacko said | March 10th 2018 @ 1:51pm | ! Report

            Geez a NZ hero mask eh NOPE I must be imagining those masks I see at Aussie games and I must have dreamt that Alfie Langer mask, Wally Lewis mask from many years before SBW even played sport…..But of course with NZ being so inventive it was NZ crowds that first came up with a mask…..so clever

            • March 10th 2018 @ 5:03pm
              Neville said | March 10th 2018 @ 5:03pm | ! Report

              Y’airrrr mate, the Kiwis invented mince on toast too, I read it somewhere just recently, I have to say, I am impressed.

      • March 10th 2018 @ 10:05am
        Drago said | March 10th 2018 @ 10:05am | ! Report

        This really is sad. It’s hard to find the words to describe how very pathetic this is. Wonder where all the attacks for the Aussie cricketers is going to come from today?

    • March 10th 2018 @ 10:03am
      Josh said | March 10th 2018 @ 10:03am | ! Report

      If Rabada misses two matches for showing a bit of passion after getting the best batsmen in the world out then you could mount a strong argument that the ICC is actively working against the game of cricket.

      • March 10th 2018 @ 10:12am
        Drago said | March 10th 2018 @ 10:12am | ! Report

        MMmmm I agree with you, really didn’t see a great deal in it. But they have to be and generally are consistent, so he will probably go. What I think will be more interesting is whether he gets the total condemnation and character assassination that Aussie cricketers would get had one of them done this.

        • March 10th 2018 @ 12:00pm
          George said | March 10th 2018 @ 12:00pm | ! Report

          If he plays the victim and blames others for his actions, like Warner does every time – then yes he will.

          • March 10th 2018 @ 12:18pm
            Drago said | March 10th 2018 @ 12:18pm | ! Report

            Absolutely incredible. I’m sure it was Warner’s fault too, somehow, he must of looked at him or something like that.

            • March 10th 2018 @ 4:03pm
              George said | March 10th 2018 @ 4:03pm | ! Report

              If Rabada claims innocence in this case *like* Warner does each time. Not hard to comprehend.

              • March 10th 2018 @ 9:25pm
                Drago said | March 10th 2018 @ 9:25pm | ! Report

                No George you are particularly easy to comprehend.

              • March 11th 2018 @ 2:20pm
                George said | March 11th 2018 @ 2:20pm | ! Report

                Good. Must work on praising Australians in every post to win yours and waltzing’s approval though, eh?

          • March 10th 2018 @ 3:31pm
            Jameswm said | March 10th 2018 @ 3:31pm | ! Report

            Evidence?

            • March 10th 2018 @ 4:04pm
              George said | March 10th 2018 @ 4:04pm | ! Report

              What are you referring to waltzing matilda – evidence that Warner pleads innocence/blames others?

              • Roar Guru

                March 11th 2018 @ 1:54pm
                JamesH said | March 11th 2018 @ 1:54pm | ! Report

                He means evidence that playing the victim ‘like Warner’ will get him off.

                Like how it got Warner off and he didn’t get three demerit poi- oh, wait. Never mind.

              • March 11th 2018 @ 2:19pm
                George said | March 11th 2018 @ 2:19pm | ! Report

                Was referring to “the total condemnation and character assassination” – not getting off of a punishment.

      • March 10th 2018 @ 10:14am
        Nope said | March 10th 2018 @ 10:14am | ! Report

        Rabada has form.

        Making physical contact with Niroshan Dickwella: SA vs SL
        Giving a send-off to Ben Stokes involving bad language: SA vs Eng
        Giving a send-off to Shikhar Dhawan: SA vs Ind

        Yeh, they’re really discriminating against him.

      • March 10th 2018 @ 10:58am
        Al said | March 10th 2018 @ 10:58am | ! Report

        Such is the nature of a demerit point system – the same ‘issue’ exists in other sports and on our roads. If you’ve accrued 12 demerit points on NSW roads, here’s a list of things of one demerit point offenses that will cause you to lose your license for three months: Speeding 0-10km/h, Parking on/near level crossing, parking in a disabled zone, stand vehicle in disabled parking space, pass school bus at more than 40km/h, drive in T-way, drive in bus lane, drive without headlights, use high beams too close to vehicle in front, use high beams too close on oncoming vehicle, use of light in/on vehicle likely to dazzle. No one would suggest any offense on the above list is worth of a three month license suspension.
        The fact is that Rabada has form and unfortunately for the ICC and the match referee, Lyon’s send-off of ABD was penalised and they’ll be hard pressed to say that this isn’t roughly similar. Now the question is, does Rabada need one point or more before a suspension must be levied?

        • Roar Guru

          March 11th 2018 @ 1:58pm
          JamesH said | March 11th 2018 @ 1:58pm | ! Report

          Three more demerit points will get Rabada suspended for two matches (his second suspension.

          Under the ICC rules, ANY physical contact that is neither unintentional nor unavoidable constitutes a level 2 offence, the minimum penalty for which is three demerit points. I’ll be pretty surprised if Kagiso plays any further part in this series.

      • Roar Guru

        March 10th 2018 @ 12:19pm
        The Bush said | March 10th 2018 @ 12:19pm | ! Report

        The shouldering was too much and with his current record, sounds like he’s gonna be suspended. And he should be.

      • March 10th 2018 @ 12:19pm
        DaveJ said | March 10th 2018 @ 12:19pm | ! Report

        What rubbish. Send offs of batsmen are the lowest. There’s no worse feeling in cricket than getting out, except dropping a catch. You don’t gloat over an opponent that way. Used to be the way that it could escalate into something nasty.

      • March 10th 2018 @ 1:13pm
        Brasstax said | March 10th 2018 @ 1:13pm | ! Report

        I agree with your point in general, but Smith is not the best batsman in the world by a long shot. In 2 out of the 3 formats he is not even in the top 5 and might struggle to make it to the top 10.

        Kohli is the best batsman in the world as he is clearly number two in tests and is so far ahead of the rest in the other two formats its not even funny.

        • Roar Guru

          March 10th 2018 @ 2:14pm
          jeznez said | March 10th 2018 @ 2:14pm | ! Report

          The best test batsman gets the title best batsman.

          Kohli can have the qualified title of best ODI batsman, incidentally he is only ranked 6 in T20 – Colin Munro currently tops the T20 rankings

          • Roar Rookie

            March 10th 2018 @ 2:54pm
            Matthew Pearce said | March 10th 2018 @ 2:54pm | ! Report

            Munro is a freak of a batsman at those grounds – seems a bit more consistent than Guptill too, based on what I’ve seen of him.

          • Roar Rookie

            March 10th 2018 @ 8:31pm
            savage said | March 10th 2018 @ 8:31pm | ! Report

            T20 batsmen rankings shouldn’t be taken seriously at all.Munro is a gun T20 player but before him just recently Babar azam was ranked no 1 T20 batsmen.And he has scored 575 with average of 48.08 and strike rate of 122.50 & 1 MOM.You can never be a great T20 batsmen if your strike rate is not more than atleast 130.There is some major faults in T20 ranking system which ICC needs to resolve.

            If you are strictly talking about T20 internationals then Kohli is atleast two league above any other Batsmen in the world.In 53 innings Kohli has scored 1983 runs with average of 50.84 and strike rate 137.32.He already has won 10 MOM and 5 MOS.Also Kohli was man of the tournament in last two T20 world cups.ie T20 WC 2014 and 2016.

            • March 10th 2018 @ 9:32pm
              Drago said | March 10th 2018 @ 9:32pm | ! Report

              Yeah nah. I will stick to the ICC ratings thanks. Your mate Kohli is 6th end of.

              • Roar Rookie

                March 10th 2018 @ 10:28pm
                savage said | March 10th 2018 @ 10:28pm | ! Report

                lol kohli is 6th doesn’t mean he is 6th best T20 batsmen in the world.

              • March 10th 2018 @ 10:33pm
                Drago said | March 10th 2018 @ 10:33pm | ! Report

                In your world perhaps not. In the real world, yes it does.

            • Roar Rookie

              March 10th 2018 @ 11:07pm
              savage said | March 10th 2018 @ 11:07pm | ! Report

              Actually, quite the opposite.Don’t worry you will eventually come to light

      • March 10th 2018 @ 1:51pm
        ojp said | March 10th 2018 @ 1:51pm | ! Report

        i understand your point; you want your best players on the field and all that, players not robots etc, but surely Rabada should have been smarter than to actually get so close to smith that he bumped him whilst giving it the full roar? Given everything that went down last test, plus his current demerit points etc ?

      • March 10th 2018 @ 4:43pm
        Dan in Devon said | March 10th 2018 @ 4:43pm | ! Report

        But he has these issues with England, SL and India too. Add Australia to that list and it just he just looks like a repeat offender. He has already been suspended previously, so it doesn’t cut the mustard just to blame the Aussies.

    • March 10th 2018 @ 10:11am
      Simoc said | March 10th 2018 @ 10:11am | ! Report

      Given that physical contact was made by Rabada who had no need to be there, I find him guilty of a level two offence. The 3 demerit points will see him out for the rest of the series. Such silliness from Rabada who has the potential to be an all time great fast bowler.

      I didn’t watch but plenty of starts and no-one going on suggests either a difficult pitch or great bowling. Probably a combination of the two. The crowd was described as sparse which, given the amount of media coverage, suggests interest in test cricket is not great in SA.

      • Columnist

        March 10th 2018 @ 10:53am
        Ronan O'Connell said | March 10th 2018 @ 10:53am | ! Report

        Rabada has a major issue with his on-field behaviour, he continually gives batsmen send-offs, which is so silly in an era where the ICC is cracking down on send-offs.

        Even after the ugly run-in with Smith, which you’d think would have given Rabada pause for thought once he calmed down, Rabada gave further verbal send-offs to SMarsh and Starc.

        Rabada’s already been punished three times by the ICC in the past year alone, and missed a Test in England because of his behaviour, you’d think he’d be trying to control himself a bit.

        • March 10th 2018 @ 5:56pm
          Jacko said | March 10th 2018 @ 5:56pm | ! Report

          Same as Warner…Repeat offender…Violent…..

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