Kagiso Rabada. PC-ICC
Kagiso Rabada. PC-ICC

South Africa bowling coach Charl Langeveldt has urged Kagiso Rabada to improve his control on flatter grounds in the same way that Australia skipper Pat Cummins has, following South Africa’s 575-run defeat at the MCG.

After causing all sorts of issues for Australia’s hitters in the two-day Test in Brisbane on a lively green monster.

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Kagiso Rabada
Kagiso Rabada (Image Credit: Twitter)

Over the course of three brutal days in the field, South Africa’s bowlers failed to contain their opponents in Melbourne on a flatter surface as David Warner made a double-century, Alex Carey a century, and Steven Smith, Travis Head, and Cameron Green all made half-centuries to reduce South Africa to nothing.

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Kagiso Rabada [photo: Twitter]
Rabada now holds the record for most wickets in a Test match in 2022 and is the only player in Test history to have more than 200 wickets while maintaining a strike rate below 40. Compared to Cummins, Rabada has a strike rate of 39.8, which is higher. Rabada’s career economy rate of 3.38 is much more expensive than Cummins’ 2.73, despite the fact that Cummins has a little higher average.

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“Kagiso Rabada’s challenge going forward to make him a brilliant bowler”: Charl Langeveldt

Anrich Nortje received high plaudits for his efforts after taking three wickets while bowling at a breakneck tempo. Meanwhile, Langeveldt singled out Rabada as the only South African bowler to allow more than five runs per over, finishing with statistics of 1 for 144 from 28 overs with only one maiden.

“I think KG wasn’t on song if I can single him out,” Langeveldt said. “For KG, he is a wicket-taker, he always takes wickets. The challenge always for him is to be able to control that. I think Cummins when he started off, he leaked a few runs but then he got consistent, and he was aggressive” Charl Langeveldt said.
Kagiso Rabada
Kagiso Rabada. Image-Reuters.
“And I think that’s [Rabada’s] challenge going forward to make him a brilliant bowler. At the moment he is one of the leading wicket-takers in red-ball cricket. But going forward playing on flatter wickets, I think that’s going to be the challenge for him.” Charl Langeveldt Added.