Kagiso Rabada delivers send-off to David Warner in the second Test

David Warner ball tampering claims South Africa Australia 2nd Test Port Elizabeth cricket

David Warner ball tampering claims South Africa Australia 2nd Test Port Elizabeth cricket

"I'm letting the team down and letting myself down".

He has now also been reported for a send-off to batsman David Warner on day three, the lowest level-one offence.

"There are times you do push it a little bit, and Rabada knocking in to Smithy, it's easy to go around him".

Meanwhile, South Africa lost four wickets before Theunis de Bruyn hit the winning runs.

"I found that there was contact between Rabada and Smith‚ and in my judgment the contact by Rabada was inappropriate and deliberate‚" the ICC media release quoted match referee Jeff Crowe as saying.

"There's a lot of grey areas‚ but the rules are rules".

"I was very motivated to prove that I can still play this game", said De Villiers, whose performance was described by his former captain Graeme Smith as "one of the great Test innings". "Honestly, I didn't even feel the contact in that moment because I was just so pumped up".

Though Rabada was speaking before he had received any official confirmation of a sanction, he appeared resigned to his fate.


He was due to play a provincial four-day game starting on Thursday to try and prove his fitness, but local media reported that he had postponed his comeback by a week. Actually I don't know whether I will be playing or not.

"It was right up there with the best feeling ever", he said. It's taken Rabada 28 tests to get those four 10-wicket hauls, an astonishingly impressive record which underlines the talent of the young quick.

Australia was restricted to 243 in the first innings at St George's Park and was bowled out for 239 in the second to give the Proteas an easy victory chase of 101 to level the series at 1-1.

"[Smith] did say that it would be an Australian tactic to get Rabada fired up". It is scary to think that he is only going to get better and is he keeps going like this, he is nearly certain to end up as the greatest pacer in South Africa's history. I was just flat, physically and mentally. We talked about it and said should we not maybe send Keshav in but it was no, no, no, we want you.

Rabada took 11 for 141, with five-fors in both innings to become the South African with the second-best figures against Australia after Hugh Tayfield's 13 for 165 in the pre-isolation era.

However, the ill feeling hasn't been restricted to those players, with Kagiso Rabada also getting in on the act.

AB de Villiers warned in a press conference afterwards that Rabada needed to be "smarter" and as predicted, his behaviour has now landed him in trouble. While plenty of it has to do with his sensational display of fast bowling, most of it pertains to his disciplinary issues. "These days, the attention has changed so much to what is allowed and what is not allowed, what is in the spirit of the game and what isn't". There were other factors, I had become a dad, there were a lot of things happening in my life. And not repeat the same mistake. I am not happy about it but time moves on. "I don't think he does anything wrong".

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