“I won’t change the way I express myself”: Rabada torn on series ban

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    Kagiso Rabada admits he has let himself and teammates down after being slapped with a two-Test ban that will force him to miss the rest of the series against Australia unless South Africa successfully appeal.

    Rabada bowled the Proteas to a series-levelling victory in Port Elizabeth, earning man-of-the-match honours after snaring figures of 11-150 in the second Test.

    Rabada’s feats earned him top spot on the International Cricket Council’s Test bowling rankings that were released on Tuesday.

    But the fired-up quick has been given four demerit points and fined 65 per cent of his match fee from the game at St George’s Park.

    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.

    Match referee Jeff Crowe conducted a hearing on the first send-off, ruling he could “not see any evidence to support the argument that the contact was accidental”.

    The Proteas are seeking legal advice and have 48 hours to lodge a formal appeal. Rabada will remain suspended if he appeals, although South Africa could attempt to convince the judicial commissioner that he should be allowed to play.

    Rabada, who accepted his level-one charge for giving Warner a spray, has now been charged by the International Cricket Council five times in 13 months.

    The 22-year-old, having started the current series with five points on his record, accepts he must learn how to control his emotions.

    “It’s going to have to stop. I can’t keep doing this because I’m letting the team down and I’m also letting myself down,” he told reporters after starring in the six-wicket win.

    “It’s bittersweet. I would’ve loved to have been playing the next game.

    “I have to see it as a big learning curve and not repeat the same mistake, because I’ve ‘repeated’ the same mistake in the eyes of the umpires. I’m not happy about it.

    “I don’t know what I’m thinking actually. I just let it out.

    “I won’t change the way I express myself, but I’ll just get far away from the batter.”

    Skipper Faf du Plessis has also seemingly accepted the prospect of losing his most potent weapon, who in 28 Tests already boasts more 10-wicket Test match hauls than any South African apart from Dale Steyn (five) and Makhaya Ntini (four).

    “Our strike rate is zero per cent at the moment with trying to challenge these cases, it will probably stay at zero,” du Plessis said, referencing Quinton de Kock’s hearing last week and his own ball-tampering charge that resulted from ‘mint-gate’.

    Rabada’s absence is a massive setback for the Proteas ahead of next week’s clash in Cape Town.

    Morne Morkel, who has announced this series will be his international swansong, is likely to be recalled.

    Steyn has recovered from a heel injury and started bowling in the nets, but he is short of match fitness.

    “From my understanding he would have needed to play a game this week, which he didn’t,” du Plessis said of Steyn.

    “I will be praying extra hard that he will be ready … (but) I would assume probably the fourth Test.”

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    • March 14th 2018 @ 2:59am
      Paul said | March 14th 2018 @ 2:59am | ! Report

      Someone has already told Rabada it’s okay to give a batsman a send off when he’s some distance from the pitch. Why doesn’t the same rocket scientist tell him not to do it at all.

      There’s a raft of quicks over the past 140 years of Test cricket who managed to get through their careers without this sort of stupidity, why can’t he?

    • March 14th 2018 @ 3:30am
      Brasstax said | March 14th 2018 @ 3:30am | ! Report

      Give the kid a break. He is just that… a kid at 22 years of age. If he does the same when he is 28 then we can question his IQ and those of his mentors.

      • Roar Rookie

        March 14th 2018 @ 10:56am
        Pedro The Fisherman said | March 14th 2018 @ 10:56am | ! Report

        Rubbish
        He has been playing cricket at various levels for some years now and is no longer a “kid”.
        He has been poorly advised and his antics should have been curbed well before he reached the international stage.

    • March 14th 2018 @ 6:02am
      sportsfan305 said | March 14th 2018 @ 6:02am | ! Report

      The awesomeniss of this series is over…goodluck trying to get exited for the cape town test,its not best vs best….THX again icc you homewrecking freaks!I hate you

      • March 14th 2018 @ 6:51am
        Basil said | March 14th 2018 @ 6:51am | ! Report

        ….or Rabada could stop acting like a tool?

      • Roar Guru

        March 14th 2018 @ 9:30am
        Chris Kettlewell said | March 14th 2018 @ 9:30am | ! Report

        Don’t blame the ICC. Rabada’s actions rubbed him out. It’s simple, he said it in his own words, “get away from the batsman”. He can yell and scream all he likes going nowhere near the batsman. Follow the example of all those bowlers who’s first reaction on getting a wicket is to run in the direction of point or square leg. Getting completely away from where the batsman is. Get rid of the temptation.

      • Roar Guru

        March 14th 2018 @ 9:53am
        JamesH said | March 14th 2018 @ 9:53am | ! Report

        Yeah, how could anyone want to watch a series featuring de Villiers, Smith, Amla, Warner, de Kock, Lyon, Philander, Starc, Morkel and Cummins? I mean, talk about boring.

    • March 14th 2018 @ 6:05am
      sportsfan305 said | March 14th 2018 @ 6:05am | ! Report

      And FYI I sold my tickets for the game to my neighbor…his more of an optimist than I am australia winning that game for sure if ab gets out anyway

      • March 14th 2018 @ 6:48am
        Jake said | March 14th 2018 @ 6:48am | ! Report

        Some sports fan you are

    • March 14th 2018 @ 6:16am
      Simon said | March 14th 2018 @ 6:16am | ! Report

      The ICC couldn’t do a better job of ruining cricket if they tried. Banning emotion, banning the band from ground; old upper class men who are more concerned about etiquitte rather than actual cricket hold too much power

      • Roar Guru

        March 14th 2018 @ 9:31am
        Chris Kettlewell said | March 14th 2018 @ 9:31am | ! Report

        Nobody is banning emotion, but physical contact with the batsmen, or getting right in their face and screaming at them after getting them out isn’t okay. Plenty of ways to let out emotion without crossing what is a pretty well defined line.

      • March 14th 2018 @ 10:33am
        jameswm said | March 14th 2018 @ 10:33am | ! Report

        Aussies do this and get criticised. SAffas do it and everyone cries poor.

        It’s not a difficult concept. Celebrate when you get a wicket, but no send-offs. Cricket has been like that for a while you know.

    • March 14th 2018 @ 6:47am
      Jake said | March 14th 2018 @ 6:47am | ! Report

      Interesting that so many are ok with Rabada screaming into the face of batsmen. If it were Starc or Hazelwood or Cummins there’d be calls for a life ban.

      • Roar Guru

        March 14th 2018 @ 9:54am
        JamesH said | March 14th 2018 @ 9:54am | ! Report

        Or Warner, lol.

      • March 14th 2018 @ 10:33am
        jameswm said | March 14th 2018 @ 10:33am | ! Report

        Eggzactly.

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