South Africa top gun Kagiso Rabada is suspended from the ongoing test series against Australia. The bowler was found guilty of a level 2 offence as he made physical contact with Aussie captain Steven Smith on field in the recently concluded match. After trapping Smith with an lbw, the young bowler was seen screaming “yes, yes, yes” in batsman’s face, while passing on a fluffy touch on the latter’s shoulder. This physical contact was an inappropriate gesture on the bowler’s part, which earned him three demerit points, 50% of his match fee as well as suspension of the following two matches.
Earlier in the match, Rabada was entangled in another tirade. In the incident with David Warner, he was found guilty of “using language, actions and gestures that could provoke an aggressive reaction from batsman upon his or her dismissal.” It was a violation of code of conduct 2.1.7. For this indiscipline, he was striped of another 15% of his match fee and another demerit. After being slapped with several actions, Rabada now has nine demerit points in total.
On the other side, Mitchell Marsh, the Aussie middle order player was found guilty of breaching code of conduct clause 2.1.7. This was a violation by “using language, actions or gestures that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an international match.” The Aussie player was caught shouting “f**k you, Cu**” to Rabada, for which, he was fined 20% of his match fee. This happened in the first over of the fourth day play.
So far, players from both the sides are found guilty of breaching various codes of conduct. In the match, there were three such violations. South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said that pushing the need of consistency to far would make players to interpret in the wrong way. He disclosed that South Africa players has no problem with Australian team and “the way they play their brand of cricket.” The captain said, Rabada was bowling for 15 overs and he was trying to get something out of it. Per the captain, Rabada had to show his passion, else there could be just a bowling machine playing on the field.
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