Kagiso Rabada suspended for the series

By David Lord, David Lord is a Roar Expert

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    Only the captains Faf du Plessis and Steve Smith can stop the long-awaited Test series between South Africa and Australia from degenerating into all-out war.

    Overnight, fiery South African paceman Kagiso Rabada was suspended for two Tests, that takes away the best bowler from the series, which must affect the overall interest.

    And if the Australians eventually win the series, it will be a very hollow victory.

    Only du Plessis and Smith can stop the carnage because sledging will always be part of the game. There’s no way administrators can ever turn 22 Test cricketers into choir boys.

    Rabada has been found guilty of bumping Steve Smith’s shoulder on his exit in Port Elizabeth, after screaming “yes, yes, yes” in Smith’s face.

    Match referee Jeff Crowe took two days before fining Rabada up to 65 per cent of his match fee that took the 22-year-old to eight demerit points under the ICC Code of Conduct edict.

    That’s an automatic two-Test holiday after Rabada’s long history of causing trouble in such a short career.

    But it’s a damn shame Test cricket has sunk to such low depths.

    Crowe has been busy.

    David Warner was fined 75 per cent of his match fee for his outburst against Quinton de Kock who was fined 15 per cent for his retaliation, and Nathan Lyon copped 15 per cent for dropping the ball on a prone AB de Villiers after running him out.

    David Warner in dressing room

    (Independent Media screenshot)

    You’d reckon that was more than enough message from Crowe for the rest to belt up, but Mitchell Marsh couldn’t help himself.

    When Rabada was dismissed early on the fourth day, Marsh sent him on his way with “f*** off c***”.

    That cost Marsh 20 per cent of his match fee, and he was damn lucky he didn’t cop a whole heap more for his stupidity.

    So where do we go from here?

    Du Plessis can take a major share of the blame for Rabada’s situation.

    Had he tempered Rabada’s explosive nature, there’s little doubt South Africa was in the box seat to win the series.

    But it begs the question, would Rabada be as devastating a bowler if he had to harness his nature?

    One thing for sure, now he’s gone, two of the world’s best batsmen in Smith and Warner should profit.

    But does it mean the same if Smith and Warner fire without Rabada to torment them?

    It certainly doesn’t, and Test cricket is the loser.

    Especially this series.

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    David Lord
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    David Lord was deeply involved in two of the biggest sporting stories - World Series Cricket in 1977 and professional rugby in 1983. After managing Jeff Thomson and Viv Richards during WSC, in 1983 David signed 208 of the best rugby players from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and France to play an international pro circuit. The concept didn't get off the ground, but it did force the IRB to get cracking and bring in the World Rugby Cup, now one of the world's great sporting spectacles

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    • March 13th 2018 @ 7:58am
      vistro said | March 13th 2018 @ 7:58am | ! Report

      there are major cultural differences in the international game, so it is not up to 1 team to decide what is personal and what is not for another.

      • Roar Rookie

        March 13th 2018 @ 3:45pm
        Pedro The Fisherman said | March 13th 2018 @ 3:45pm | ! Report

        There is such a thing as a cultural norm that applies to all people!

      • Roar Guru

        March 15th 2018 @ 3:34pm
        Matt H said | March 15th 2018 @ 3:34pm | ! Report

        Lucky it’s decided by the ICC then.

    • March 13th 2018 @ 8:01am
      Christo the Daddyo said | March 13th 2018 @ 8:01am | ! Report

      “Only the captains Faf du Plessis and Steve Smith can stop the long-awaited Test series between South Africa and Australia from degenerating into all-out war.”

      And here I was thinking it’s actually up to the umpires, match referees and the ICC to police behaviour. Just like with politicians, never rely on players to manage their own behaviour. Too many of them are just not up to it.

      • Roar Guru

        March 13th 2018 @ 9:06am
        JamesH said | March 13th 2018 @ 9:06am | ! Report

        Agreed. The umpires could’ve had a quiet word to Smith and Warner at some point on day 4 of the first test to ask Warner to tone it down a bit. They could have separated Warner and de Kock as they were walking from the ground, before things escalated.

        I know an umpire’s job is hard but they shouldn’t be impersonating the three monkeys.

        • Roar Guru

          March 13th 2018 @ 11:14am
          Paul Dawson said | March 13th 2018 @ 11:14am | ! Report

          Why should the umpires have any interest in policing behaviour?

          If players get fined? Not their problem
          If players get suspended? Not their problem
          If the over rate is slow? Call play off after the extra half hour, players get fined – not their problem

          Perhaps if they felt the ICC would actually support them in cracking down on player behaviour they would, but the simple truth is that there are different standards for different teams, and different players.

          • Roar Guru

            March 13th 2018 @ 12:08pm
            JamesH said | March 13th 2018 @ 12:08pm | ! Report

            Because it’s actually part of their job description? They have broad powers to intervene under Law 42.

            Aside from that, it’s common sense when you can see that something is escalating. By your logic, why should a police officer intervene when he/she can see a fight brewing? Why not just wait til someone throws a punch (i.e. commits an actual offence) before getting involved?

            Perhaps that’s a bit of hyperbole but being proactive will result in a cleaner game all-round.

            The bit about different standards for different teams/players is just a conspiracy theory, but I do agree that the ICC needs to be more supportive of umpires and back them to defuse situations.

            • Roar Guru

              March 13th 2018 @ 12:14pm
              Paul Dawson said | March 13th 2018 @ 12:14pm | ! Report

              Terrible metaphor Jimmy, umpires aren’t equipped with powers of preventative detention and various devices to prevent violence – if Aleem Dar had a can of pepper spray and a taser in his belt for next time Rabada goes off I might consider watching

              I’m aware of rule 42, I’m merely pointing out that convention trumps constitution in most instances. Plenty of laws are laws on the rulebook pages, but are harder to enforce in real life.

              • Roar Guru

                March 13th 2018 @ 12:31pm
                spruce moose said | March 13th 2018 @ 12:31pm | ! Report


                Of course umpires should intervene. They do in literally every other sport. Even in ice hockey the refs will eventually break it off.

              • Roar Guru

                March 13th 2018 @ 12:35pm
                Paul Dawson said | March 13th 2018 @ 12:35pm | ! Report

                Ok, tell ya what – let me know when an international umpire actually sends a player from the field, even temporarily or does penalty runs for bad behaviour using the new rules, then I’ll believe that the umpires are being backed to the hilt to enforce behaviour

                Unless the ICC is prepared to come out and publicly state that umpires have been told to enforce the rules including the new player behaviour rules you are never going to see a change because they won’t blink until the ICC says they can


              • Roar Guru

                March 13th 2018 @ 1:52pm
                spruce moose said | March 13th 2018 @ 1:52pm | ! Report

                But Paul,

                You have stated that it’s not in the interests of umpires to bother, so I’m not really sure why you are speculating whether or not the umpires have the backing of the ICC.

                Refs in the NRL almost never have the backing of their superiors, but it doesn’t stop them from enforcing a bit of discipline.

              • March 13th 2018 @ 4:39pm
                Bob Pacey said | March 13th 2018 @ 4:39pm | ! Report

                NRL refs enforce discipline. When was the last time you saw a real, genuine, don’t come back this game send off?

                The refs are lucky to use the ten in bin.

              • Roar Guru

                March 13th 2018 @ 2:00pm
                Paul Dawson said | March 13th 2018 @ 2:00pm | ! Report

                Ok Spruce, bear with me here mate.

                I am saying that right now, I do not believe the umpires have the backing of the ICC to enforce send-offs or penalties or any other spur of the moment punishment on players – it would appear as though the ICC is content to have the match referee deal with matters after the game. That is why I am saying it is not worth their time to bother.

                I always had no issues with reminding players I had the full backing of the boss and they’d not be playing for the next few weeks if they wanted to push me when I was doing my amateur umpiring. If I didn’t have that confidence I would have just let things slide and told the players it’s their problem, I’m there to umpire cricket not referee fights.

                I am saying that if the umpires had the backing of the ICC and knew they’d be supported if they marched someone from the field for an hour to cool down then it’d be worth their time to bother.

                NRL is a poor example to cite, that’s a sport where you routinely have physical clashes whereas cricket it’s never supposed to happen. Different standards of behaviour and conduct are tolerated in different sports

              • Roar Guru

                March 13th 2018 @ 2:06pm
                JamesH said | March 13th 2018 @ 2:06pm | ! Report

                I’m not talking about preventative powers/devices, Paul. I’m talking about intervening with a few rational words to de-escalate a situation. A cop usually doesn’t need pepper spray or a taser to encourage a couple of hot-heads to calm down. An umpire even less so.

                And I thought I was being hyperbolic. Sheesh.

              • Roar Guru

                March 13th 2018 @ 2:13pm
                Paul Dawson said | March 13th 2018 @ 2:13pm | ! Report

                You were the one who first made the comparison between umpires and police jimmy, I just ran with it. Don’t get upset when your comparison is pointed out to be flawed

                If you really thought I was suggesting Dar should taser Rabada I can only suggest a nice herbal tea and a good lie down

              • Roar Guru

                March 13th 2018 @ 2:48pm
                JamesH said | March 13th 2018 @ 2:48pm | ! Report

                And you brought up pepper spray and tasers, not me. I was clearly (or so I thought) talking about police intervening in a far less extreme manner, but you deliberately went and took the comparison too far to suit your own narrative that it was a ‘terrible metaphor’. Don’t twist that around and pin it on me.

                Umpires (at every level) have a role to perform on the ground in terms of controlling the match and deterring over-the-top player behaviour, even if it’s just taking the captain aside and quietly telling him to get his team under control. Right now it looks to me like international umpires are a bit too reluctant to perform that role. Perhaps you’re right in that they don’t feel like the ICC will back them.

            • March 13th 2018 @ 12:18pm
              Pope Paul VII said | March 13th 2018 @ 12:18pm | ! Report

              I agree James. Dharmasena whinged about the band but didn’t appear concerned about the volatile atmosphere on the field.

    • March 13th 2018 @ 8:42am
      WQ said | March 13th 2018 @ 8:42am | ! Report

      Typically one eyed David,

      ‘Du Plessis can take a major share of the blame for Rabada’s situation.

      Had he tempered Rabada’s explosive nature, there’s little doubt South Africa was in the box seat to win the series.’

      If Smith had tempered his whole Team in the first innings of the first Test we probably would not have found the test series where it is re: behaviour!

      • Roar Guru

        March 13th 2018 @ 9:10am
        JamesH said | March 13th 2018 @ 9:10am | ! Report

        Lol as if Australia’s behaviour has anything to do with Rabada’s conduct. The guy would give a send-off to a mute.

        He didn’t get five prior demerit points because Australia like to sledge.

      • Roar Guru

        March 13th 2018 @ 9:58am
        PeterK said | March 13th 2018 @ 9:58am | ! Report

        How fair your view is. The WHOLE aussie team had to be tempered.

        So not one was behaving fine then, not one!

        No exaggeration nor obvious bias there.

      • March 13th 2018 @ 10:33am
        soapit said | March 13th 2018 @ 10:33am | ! Report

        missing the point tho wq. both teams have blame for the state of affairs but if your best bowlers behaviour gets him suspended for 2 tests fair enough to consider whether the captain could have reigned him in for the sake of his own teams performance

        • March 13th 2018 @ 10:51am
          WQ said | March 13th 2018 @ 10:51am | ! Report

          Fair point soapit however it is just pure luck and the result of inconsistency that Warner’s fate did not end up the same as Rabada’s and no mention from David about Steve Smith tempering him?

          • Roar Guru

            March 13th 2018 @ 11:39am
            JamesH said | March 13th 2018 @ 11:39am | ! Report

            Warner got EXACTLY the same penalty as Rabada. Rabada just got suspended because of his five previous demerit points over the last two years, vs Warner’s zero. It’s not as if the match referee looked at the incidents and said ‘this one is worth a suspension but this one isn’t’.

            Also, Smith acknowledged publicly after the Durban match that the Aussies needed to reign it in a bit. Warner also pleaded guilty to his offence, while de Kock (bizarrely) challenged his.

      • March 13th 2018 @ 10:49am
        Mickey of Mo$man said | March 13th 2018 @ 10:49am | ! Report

        what a ridiculous comment

        • March 13th 2018 @ 11:38am
          Don Freo said | March 13th 2018 @ 11:38am | ! Report

          It’s an interesting thought, though. Faf did say he would push to see if they could get some Aussies suspended.

          Whoops, Faf!!!

          It may be a ridiculous comment but Faf and his boys have earned the ridicule. They knew the price, they had the choice and they chose to exercise the behaviour and pay the price.

          It will be interesting to see if Kg’s price on the cross of suspension will be enough to redeem them for the series…let alone eternally.

          • March 13th 2018 @ 1:29pm
            JohnB said | March 13th 2018 @ 1:29pm | ! Report

            And SA were open about doctoring the pitches before the series with their “requests” to the groundsmen. Somehow though, some think the Sth Africans have the high moral ground.”

            And one note on WQ’s original comment – his claim that David is focused only on the SA side is simply wrong. David says “Only the captains Faf du Plessis and Steve Smith can stop the long-awaited Test series between South Africa and Australia from degenerating into all-out war.” That’s covering both sides. Of course the sentence WQ points to only mentions Du Plessis – it was a Sth African who got suspended, not an Australian. It is the Sth African captain who has the responsibility to prevent that.

            While standing up for David there, not that he needs it, I should add that as someone who often disagrees with him and is happy to say that, to me this seems a fair and accurate article.

    • Roar Guru

      March 13th 2018 @ 8:44am
      Ryan H said | March 13th 2018 @ 8:44am | ! Report

      It’s a massive loss for the sake of the series, especially being 1-1 now. This kid really needs to learn though, because it will continue to hold him back if not. Phenomenally talented bowler who at the moment appears a little short upstairs.

    • Roar Guru

      March 13th 2018 @ 9:12am
      JamesH said | March 13th 2018 @ 9:12am | ! Report

      David, Marsh said ‘f*** off’ after Rabada dismissed him, not the other way around. Presumably he didn’t like Rabada jogging past him and pumping his fist at him. Still a bit poor by Marsh.

    • March 13th 2018 @ 9:13am
      Paul said | March 13th 2018 @ 9:13am | ! Report

      I think there’s little doubt Australia went into this series with a plan to get under Rabada’s skin and so far it’s worked beautifully. They now have to finish the job and win the series – and the only way to do that, is to cut the sledging back to a tamer level and get on with playing cricket.

      By the way, if my thought is correct, this is a completely gutless way to play and as others have stated, if we go on to win, it will be a hollow victory for sure.

      • March 13th 2018 @ 10:48am
        Spanners said | March 13th 2018 @ 10:48am | ! Report

        The Aussies were up front before the test saying that they would look to exploit Rabada’s carry over points and test his notoriously poor temper. With the openness of the claim, Faf and the coaching staff should have been on top of Rabada (no doubt they tried) but clearly Rabada has some control problems. At 22 yrs old, this is more a maturity issue. There is nothing like sitting out a couple of tests to bring that into sharp focus for the kid. Especially if they get rolled in the next couple of tests.

        I would suggest SA will have been doing the same to Warner, but I’d reckon at age 31 and VC of the team, Warner will be a bit more circumspect with his discipline for the remainder of the series. Like Warne, David plays his best cricket when he is in a fight and the next couple of tests shape as an ideal battlefield for the man.

        If the Aussies get over the line in the series, it will be far from a hollow victory. The cricket has been intense and enthralling, with both teams firing heavy weapons. Rabada is a casualty of war (of his own hand) and he won’t be the last to fall before the series is completed.

        • Roar Guru

          March 13th 2018 @ 12:54pm
          Chris Kettlewell said | March 13th 2018 @ 12:54pm | ! Report

          Which is why a lot of it can be put on Faf. As captain, he needs to be helping his young players navigate the world of international cricket, and helping them work out ways to unleash their fire and passion that are within the rules. He clearly hasn’t done that. As others have said, make it a deliberate ploy that the moment you take a wicket you run screaming out the point or square leg or something, away from the batsman, take the temptation away from you to get in their face. Then he can scream and holler as much as he likes.

      • March 13th 2018 @ 11:59am
        jameswm said | March 13th 2018 @ 11:59am | ! Report

        Not hollow to me. It’s not our fault Rabada had 5 previous demerit points.

        • March 13th 2018 @ 1:28pm
          soapit said | March 13th 2018 @ 1:28pm | ! Report

          yep totally. you can only win according to the rules of the game youre playing and they say rabada cant take the field next time.

          must say i dont think itd be too sporting to try and goad someone into getting suspended so you didnt have to play them next time but i really doubt that was the strategy.

          • Roar Guru

            March 13th 2018 @ 1:40pm
            Matt H said | March 13th 2018 @ 1:40pm | ! Report

            Well Faf specifically said they would try to exploit Warner’s offence to get him suspended, so both sides are onto this.

          • Roar Rookie

            March 13th 2018 @ 3:53pm
            Pedro The Fisherman said | March 13th 2018 @ 3:53pm | ! Report

            Yeh – of course what De Kock was saying wasn’t meant to goad a reaction from Warner!

            • March 13th 2018 @ 4:44pm
              soapit said | March 13th 2018 @ 4:44pm | ! Report

              well for me its fair play (within some limits) to goad someone into reaction so they play poorly in the match or even get themselves sent off in a match (where thats possible). but to try and get a suspension to take them out of the sport for a period isnt sporting. or perhaps its just beyond my level of planning.

              anyway thats me. quite possible the aussie team see it differently but thats where id have my bet on how they played it. doesnt really seem like rabada needs much goading anyway.

              • Roar Rookie

                March 13th 2018 @ 5:59pm
                Pedro The Fisherman said | March 13th 2018 @ 5:59pm | ! Report

                That is obviously what De Kock did – goaded Warner to try and get a response that would see him suspended. If that is how the Saffers play …

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