Kagiso Rabada, Steven Smith
Kagiso Rabada got suspended for two Tests after he shouldered Australia captain Steven Smith during Port Elizabeth Test.

Man of the match from the Port Elizabeth Test, Kagiso Rabada, cannot take further part in the ongoing series against Australia. Earlier in the afternoon, Rabada was charged with a Level 1 offence.

Before the Australian series at home, the South African pace spearhead was sitting at five demerit points. Since February 2017, Rabada has been involved with inappropriate sendoffs and deliberate contact.

Kagiso Rabada, David Lloyd
Kagiso Rabada was all fired up in the second Test as well. Image Courtesy: Twitter

Rabade accumulated demerit points against Sri Lanka, England, India and now Australia. With the inappropriate sendoffs to Steve Smith and David Warner during the Port Elizabeth test match, Rabada was handed 3 and one demerit point respectively for exclusive incidents.

Furthermore, Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh also accumulated a demerit point for abusing Rabada post his dismissal.

Rabada also accepts a second charge of sending-off David Warner. Australia’s Mitch Marsh accepts a charge of using obscene or offensive language,” stated ICC in its latest press release.

Marsh accrues one demerit point

I found that there was contact between Rabada and Smith, and in my judgement, the contact by Rabada was inappropriate and deliberate. He had the opportunity to avoid the contact, and I could not see any evidence to support the argument that the contact was accidental,” Jeff Crowe of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees announced.


It is also disappointing that this has happened the day after the pre-match meeting I had with both teams, where the importance of respect for opponents was highlighted,” added the Match Referee from PE Test.

Mitchell Marsh, Ashes 2017-18, Australia Vs England, ODI series, MCG, Jason Roy
Mitchell Marsh is in some form. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

I take no pleasure in seeing a player suspended. Particularly a young player of Kagiso’s talent. He has now breached the ICC Code of Conduct on a number of occasions,” added Crowe. On-field umpires Chris Gaffaney and Kumar Dharmasena levelled the charges against Kagiso Rabada and Marsh.