South Africa’s pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada’s ban from the fourth Test against England in Johannesburg has sparked a backlash among the cricketing fraternity. The prohibition against playing in the final Test arrived because of his animated celebration, which was seen as aggressive and stimulated a reaction from batsman Joe Root upon his dismissal. And Micheal Vaughan has come down hard at the decision.
The former English captain is someone who doesn’t hold back in expressing his views openly at any cricketing event or any decision. On the first day of the third Test between South Africa and England in Port Elizabeth, Rabada dismissed the English captain Joe Root by dislodging his off-stump. Upon dismissal, the 24-year old screamed by acknowledging how key a wicket that was.
Vaughan slammed the decision to place a moratorium on the speedster by saying that it is insane since he was only celebrating the wicket of one of the best players of the opposition. He further said that the players get away with over rates and slow play, but get charged for an intense celebration. The ICC has also deducted 15 per cent of match fee for Rabada. The South African bowler has been accused of having violated Article 2.5 of the code, that pertains to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his or her dismissal during an international match.”
Here’s Vaughan’s frustrating tweet regarding the incident:
Rabada getting a 1 game ban for celebrating taking the Wicket of the opponents best player is absolutely bonkers … Over rates & slow play nothing gets done … Celebrate a wicked and you are banned … The World is bloody nuts … #SAvENG
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 17, 2020
England with the upper hand:
Meanwhile, the tourists have gained the upper hand for the moment in the ongoing proceedings at the St.George’s Park. England started the day at 224-4 and are currently at 440-8 on the backdrop of centuries from Ollie Pope and Ben Stokes. Eventually, England declared at 499-9, leaving the hosts at 60-2 by the end of the second day. The four-match series is presently locked at 1-1. England won the previous Test in Cape Town while the home side emerged victorious in the first Test in Centurion.