Banned Rabada returns to top of ICC rankings

Aus vs SA 2nd Test: AB de Villiers stellar knock puts Proteas in command

Rabada earned man-of-the-match honors for taking figures of 11-150 in the second Test, as South Africa leveled the four-match series 1-1 with a six-wicket victory.

He was speaking after a man of the match performance in South Africa's six-wicket win in the second Test against Australia, but before the verdict from the International Cricket Council was announced.

In the press conference after the second Test against Australia at Port Elizabeth, South African captain Faf du Plessis questioned why Rabada and Warner were booked by the ICC under the same level of offence when (according to the South African captain), Warner's move appeared to be more aggressive.

Kagiso Rabada regained his top spot among bowlers crossing the coveted 900-point mark in ratings even as Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin climbed up a couple of notches to be placed fourth in the ICC Test Player Rankings, released yesterday. The youngster was charged with level 2 offence and handed over three demerit points for brushing his shoulder with the Australian skipper Steve Smith while celebrating the fall of his wicket on the first day of Port Elizabeth Test. They called me Braveheart, etc etc. Honestly, I didn't feel contact in that moment.

Rabada accepted a second charge after a send-off of David Warner in the second innings and received a further fine of 15 percent of his match fee and an additional demerit point.

Holding has called on umpires to start using the "red and yellow card" system introduced by the International Cricket Council late previous year in a bid to clean up the game following a series in South Africa which has given the sport a black eye.

With Steyn and Rabada out, Australia will have the edge on a drier pitch, which leads me to think we may see the first true green seamer of the series.

Disappointingly, though, following what would go down in history as the "Rabada Test", will be a couple of "Rabada-less" Tests.

I'm in the camp of the at least partially neutral Kevin Pietersen: "It's Test cricket".

In what may not be far off a global first in cricket, a splendidly-performing, officially-branded player of the match, young Proteas pace bowling dynamo Kagiso Rabada, has been yanked from the middle of the engrossing, knife-edge series against Australia.

"How I understand it is, the charge against KG (Kagiso Rabada) is level two with three demerit points and the charge against Dave (David Warner) was a level two with three demerit points".

At only 22, he has taken 135 wickets in 28 Tests and already has four 10-wicket hauls.

"If I do get banned I will have to see it as a big learning curve and not repeat the same mistake because I've repeated the same mistake in the eyes of the umpires. To be honest, I just let it out", he said.

But what will South Africa do in Cape Town without Rabada?

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