It was interesting that it was Smith who was involved in the exchange of shirt material with Rabada, which was [the incident] that got the suspension.
"Hashtag! Rabada must play!"
South Africa are on the verge of levelling the series after dominating the first three days of play in Port Elizabeth, but can Mitchell Marsh and company give Australia something to bowl at in the final innings? However they scrambled home for the loss of four wickets.
Rabada continued his rampage in the second test on Monday, finishing with a match haul of 11-150 to help roll Australia for 239, ensuring a small chase only for the hosts.
Undeniably, he has the makings of one of the great fast bowlers. It has 48 hours to decide on a possible appeal, the team said, although captain Faf du Plessis admitted he was not confident an appeal would be successful.
Then he had a bigger idea: "Or ever ..." The Test competition consists of four matches and to avoid defeat, any of them should win at least two matches. The decision follows an incident on Friday in which the South Africa fast bowler made physical contact with outgoing batsman Steve Smith.
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Rabada contested the charge, but was found guilty, and slapped with a 50 percent match fee fine along with three demerit points. He copped another point for his verbal send-off of David Warner on Sunday. Rabada had taken five into the game.
South Africa are now sweating on the return from a heel injury of Dale Steyn but he is yet to play a warm-up game and is a more realistic chance of featuring in the fourth Test in Johannesburg rather than next week in Cape Town.
Rabada said it was different from the case against him when he gave Ben Stokes of England a send-off in a Test at Lord's past year, which resulted in a single demerit point which added to a previous three points ruled him out of the next Test. "It's competitive", he said. "He was just very, very passionate when he got him out".
Nevermind all that: what the hell was Rabada thinking? "To be honest, I just let it out", he added. You're playing for the No.1 spot.
"There's a lot of grey areas‚ but the rules are rules". The reason why we went for a hearing [on the Smith charge] was because we believe that there's not a lot of consistency. I didn't feel any contact at all.
"It's going have to stop".