Peter Siddle is of the opinion that the on-field umpires should start stepping in when the situation goes out of hand. Proteas speedster Kagiso Rabada has been suspended for a couple of Tests after involving in an altercation with Steve Smith. The incident happened after the pacer dismissed Steve Smith. He failed to curb his emotions in the 2nd innings as well after dismissing David Warner. He screamed towards Warner despite being already charged for the altercation with Smith. Siddle said that Rabada’s decision to touch Smith was too far.
“I think I have probably been in all circumstances, I’ve gone too far with send-offs, and then other times where you pull it back, you know you have to be controlled,” Siddle said on Monday.
I know there are times after a couple of overs you just give the umpire a tap and say “sorry”, and they understand.
“There are times you do push it a little bit, and Rabada knocking into Smithy, it’s easy to go around him. Maybe give him a bit of lip, but steer clear of him, there’s no need to touch. “There’s things like that which as bowlers we do need to control. But it’s the emotion of it all. I love celebrating a wicket as much as Rabada does. Hopefully, he keeps celebrating, I love watching it.”
It would be unfortunate if Rabada was suspended feels Siddle
Siddle conceded the fact that if Rabada was suspended it would be unfortunate because the hard-fought nature was very pleasing to the eyes.
“It’s always been the big thing, all the series I have played against South Africa, that’s how it’s always been. Out on the feild it has always been like that,” Siddle said.
“The good point has been that if you step over the line on the field the umpires will intervene. At the moment, the umpires have been keeping it in check on the field. I like those battles, it’s what makes great Test cricket, it makes people want to watch it. It’s going to be like that for the rest of the series.”
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