The ongoing Test series featuring South Africa and Australia will be remembered for its sheer aggression and heated exchange of words. While David Warner and Quinton de Kock were involved in an ugly banter, pacer Kagiso Rabada had to bite the bullet, all thanks to his competitive spirit.
Rabada was charged with Level 2 offence for his deliberate body contact with Aussie skipper Steve Smith during the 2nd Test match in Port Elizabeth. The pacer was also found guilty of giving a send-off to Warner in the second innings of the Test match. Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen was not much impressed with the hefty fines that were handed over to the players. He took to Twitter and expressed his displeasure.
Pietersen not impressed
The 40-year-old said that a few send-offs and aggression is what separates men from boys and feels there is no harm in it. Pietersen’s tweet read:
“I’m pretty happy not to be playing Test cricket when you scream a couple of times with passion, give a few send-offs & then get banned! My baptism into Test cricket in 2005 was a WHOLE lot worse! And, that’s what made it fun, competitive & separated men from boys!”
I’m pretty happy not to be playing Test cricket when you scream a couple times with passion, give a few sends off & then get banned!
My baptism into Test cricket in 2005 was a WHOLE lot worse!
And, that’s what made it fun, competitive & separated men from boys!
— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) March 13, 2018
Rabada bagged a total of 11 wickets in the second Test and was adjudged the man of the match for his outstanding show. The pacer scalped a five-for in both the innings to help his side win the Test match convincingly.
“We have to single out KG,” South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said. “A lot has been said about how amazing KG’s rise is, best strike-rate in world cricket at the moment or ever, so I don’t think you have to say too much more. To have him in your side as a captain is a huge pleasure. The skill he has to make the ball talk in both directions. Both teams have very high-class reverse swing bowlers, but what makes KG so special is he does it both ways at pace, and he doesn’t give a lot of bad balls away. And I honestly think he will get better, so I’m really excited to see what happens in his future.”
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