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Rabada suspended for remainder of Australia Test series

South Africa paceman gets two-match ban after contact with Smith and Warner send-off.

South Africa bowler Kagiso Rabada will play no further part in the Test series against Australia after being banned for two matches.

Rabada, 22, who turned in a match-winning display as South Africa levelled the series at 1-1 with a six-wicket win in Port Elizabeth, has been suspended by the International Cricket Council for his conduct during the second Test.

The fast bowler has been fined 50 per cent of his match fee after being found guilty of deliberately brushing shoulders with Australia skipper Steve Smith while celebrating his dismissal on the opening day.

“Kagiso Rabada has been suspended for South Africa’s next two Test matches after being found guilty of a Level 2 ICC Code of Conduct offence of ‘inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with a player’,” the ICC said in a statement.

“He has received a fine of 50 per cent of his match fee and three demerit points after a disciplinary hearing following his denial of the charge. This means Rabada has accumulated eight demerit points within a 24-month period, automatically leading to a two-match suspension.”

  • February 2017 - Three demerit points v Sri Lanka for inappropriate and deliberate physical contact
  • July 2017 - One demerit point v England for a send-off offence. One-match suspension for four accumulated demerit points
  • February 2018 - One demerit point v India for a send-off offence
  • March 2018 - Three demerit points v Australia for inappropriate and deliberate physical contact. Two-match suspension for eight accumulated demerit points
  • March 2018 - One demerit point v Australia for a send-off offence

The ICC also confirmed Rabada had accepted a second charge of “using language, actions or gestures which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his or her dismissal” and was fined a further 15 per cent of his match fee.

Rabada’s second charge related to his dismissal of David Warner in Australia’s second innings when the bowler screamed in the batsman’s face after bowling him out.

Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has also been fined 20 per cent of his match fee after accepting a charge of “using language or (a) gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an international match”, the ICC said.

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