Kagiso Rabada rips through Australia again as South Africa level series

Kagiso Rabada South Africa

For the second time in four days, South Africa paceman Kagiso Rabada found himself in a soup on disciplinary grounds with the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirming on Monday that the pacer has been reported for a new level one offence.

The fired-up quick has been given four demerit points and fined 65 per cent of his match fee from the game at St George's Park.

Eight demerit points triggers a suspension of two Tests or four limited-overs games.

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.

Rabada's poor disciplinary record means he will miss the third and fourth Tests unless the Proteas successfully have the charge downgraded.

"I've let myself and the team down", Rabada told reporters after play on Monday.

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Khawaja hit 14 fours in his 136-ball knock

Rabada missed the second test against England a year ago having reached four demerit points.

Rabada hit the 151kmh mark, produced unplayable reverse-swing, claimed key scalps at clutch moments, and consistently challenged the batsmen to achieve the fourth 10-wicket haul of his 28-test career. "I take no pleasure in seeing a player suspended, particularly a young player of Kagiso's talent, but he has now breached the ICC Code of Conduct on a number of occasions", said Jeff Crowe of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees. He had the opportunity to avoid the contact, and I could not see any evidence to support the argument that the contact was accidental.

A level-one offence carries a punishment of one or two demerit points and a fine of up to half of his match fee.

After taking a first-innings lead of 139, South Africa reduced Australia to 180 for five at the close, a slender lead of 41 with only five wickets remaining. While captain Faf du Plessis does not see swearing as part of South Africa's style of play, it has featured in Rabada's send-offs, and may yet do so again, though he will direct his expletives elsewhere.

The visitors lost Mitchell Marsh (45) in the first over as Rabada uprooted his middle stump, before Pat Cummins (five) was well caught in the gully by De Bruyn. It was a near-replica of Elgar's dismissal to the off-spinner in the first innings of the first Test in Durban.

With matches to come on hard tracks in Cape Town and Johannesburg, he had the potential to lead his side to a first home series victory over the Australians since 1970.

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