South Africa vs Australia: International cricket second Test
Mar 13 2018 by Desiree Burns
Kagiso Rabada's fourth 10-wicket haul in just 28 Test matches propelled South Africa to a six-wicket victory over Australia - but could prove to be his last action in the four-match series.
Because of that, Rabada will miss the decisive tests in Cape Town and Johannesburg having won the man-of-the-match award for his 11 wickets in South Africa's series-leveling win in the second match in Port Elizabeth.
The 22-year-old Rabada, who took 11 wickets to help South Africa level the series 1-1, was fined 50 percent of his match fee and given three demerit points, which took him past the tally of eight that triggers an automatic suspension.
"There was a lot of emotion from that last Test match going into this one and once again, as a fast bowler, you want to prove things to people and you want to show everyone you belong on this stage", he said.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I can't keep doing this because I'm letting the team down and also letting myself down".
Rabada attended a disciplinary hearing at St. George's Park on Sunday and now will wait for the match officials and the International Cricket Council to decide his fate.
"I don't know what I'm thinking‚ actually‚" he said. It is scary to think that he is only going to get better and is he keeps going like this, he is nearly certain to end up as the greatest pacer in South Africa's history.
Cricket South Africa has 48 hours to appeal against the decision.
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The Proteas may opt to rush Steyn, who has started bowling in the nets after recovering from a heel injury, back into their XI if Rabada is banned.
The veteran required 117 balls to register his 22nd Test century - and his first in more than three years. "To be honest, I just let it out", he said.
As far as the fast bowler is concerned, the second Test ought to be remembered for his 10-wicket haul, which included a fascinating spell where he took 6-54. So, as local team South Africa started the Test series but at the inaugural Test, Australia won against Proteas by 118 runs at Durban and so, the guest team is now leading the tournament.
"KG was exceptional. He's an absolute champion of a bowler, I'm really proud of him", Proteas captain Faf du Plessis said.
Even though Australia managed to remove both the batsmen, it was a matter of time before they completed the chase in 22.5 overs with six wickets in hand. South Africa'sQuinton de Kock celebrates as Australia'sSteve Smith is dismissed.
Steyn's recent injury woe has means he has played one test in nearly 18 months and he did not get through that one.