Australia Tour Of South Africa 2018

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    Warner involved in heated exchange with de Kock

    Following an off-field altercation between David Warner and Quinton de Kock on the fourth day in Durban, Cricket Australia has said it is up to the on-field umpires and the match referee to decide upon the future course of action with regard to the incident

    CA had said early on Monday morning - the fifth day of the Test - that it would investigate the incident, which was caught on CCTV and first aired by South African outlet Independent Media. "The incident was discussed between the two team managers and the match referee last night and it is now in the hands of the on field umpires and the match referee," CA said later on Monday. "Both teams were reminded by the match referee of the spirit in which the game should be played."

    The footage shows Warner being moved away from the incident by team-mates, including captain Steven Smith, after walking up the steps during the tea interval on the fourth day.

    Australia had managed just one wicket between lunch and tea with de Kock and Aiden Markram forging a partnership that would threaten to take South Africa close to their 417-run target before Australia struck back late in the day.

    In the video, Warner's anger is directed at de Kock, who is following the Australians up the steps. At the start of the clip, the Australian players first up the stairs are seen peering back over the handrails then Warner emerges around the corner and is already involved in a heated exchange.

    He is ushered up the steps by Usman Khawaja but does not immediately enter the away dressing room, even though Tim Paine also urges him to move and go inside. Smith then drags his vice-captain away as de Kock squeezes past into his dressing room. There was no indication from the footage what started the incident.

    South Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee said: "It's rather unfortunate that the incident took place and certainly not in the spirit of the game. The match referee has spoken to us after the day's play. We will await any further communication from the ICC around this incident."

    Warner's behaviour came under the spotlight earlier on the fourth day when he ran out AB de Villiers after a mix-up with Markram with him then yelling in Markram's direction during the celebration. Warner was not charged for that incident, but Nathan Lyon was, because the bowler had dropped the ball in de Villiers' vicinity.

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    Things heating up. Next test could be spicy. Don't mind a bit of heat in a series as long as they don't go over board
     
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    De Kock-Warner row - South Africa do an 'Australia' on Australia

    In the spring months of both 2015 and 2016, South Africa learnt some hard lessons about the lengths to which other international cricket teams were willing to go to derail their proud overseas record.

    In 2015, they found that blades of grass were hard to come by on Indian pitches, as the hosts prepared surfaces that gave their spinners a distinct advantage. The tactic was pushed so far that the Nagpur pitch, which produced an Indian victory inside three days, was subsequently rated 'poor' by the ICC. It was a consequence that India were happy to shrug off as they celebrated a 3-0 series victory and a big step towards the No 1 ranking.

    If South Africa took on a siege mentality on that tour, it was nothing compared to the personal one experienced by Faf du Plessis a year later. On his first overseas trip as captain, du Plessis found himself at the centre of a ball-tampering storm. The allegations didn't come from the match officials, or the ICC, but an Australian television channel.

    Although the ICC subsequently investigated the footage and found du Plessis guilty, that was merely an annoyance next to the harassment he experienced from the Australian media. So eager were the media to get in the South African captain's face that the team's security officer had to physically shield du Plessis from an overeager cameraman as the tourists moved through Adelaide airport. Du Plessis overcame the off-field distractions to score a fine century in the final Test in Adelaide, but the overall impact of the 'Mintgate' drama was not lost on the South Africans.

    By a happy quirk of scheduling, this summer has provided an opportunity for South Africa to show how much wiser they are for the experiences of the past two and a half years. Not surprisingly, the canny du Plessis has led the way, taking the initiative as long ago as last summer.

    While previous captains had rarely sought to interfere in the preparation of pitches, du Plessis took an active role in persuading groundsmen to produce spicy surfaces for the visit of Sri Lanka. The touring batsmen had no answer, and after Sri Lanka were whitewashed, the Proteas thinktank went about ensuring that they would face India and Australia on surfaces that could give the home side an advantage this summer. Durban has a large Indian population and has been a feature on India's previous Test tours, but when the most recent series was reduced to three matches, Kingsmead dropped off the schedule and two Highveld Tests were included.

    The ploy of requesting more lively pitches for the Indian series may have backfired at certain points, and the decision to host Australia at three coastal venues may not yield much advantage in the current series, but they show that South Africa are thinking about marginal gains away from the field of play.

    In a similar vein, South Africa have been envious of the role that the Australian media play during cricket series down under. Opposing captains are generally subjected to surprisingly aggressive lines of questioning in press conferences, which add to the atmosphere of intimidation that the Australian players work hard to maintain on the field of play.

    In Mintgate, and both the Jonny Bairstow and James Anderson stories during the recent Ashes, there has been a concerted effort to disrupt Australia's opposition. When Steve Smith spoke in the wake of the first Test in Durban, he mentioned the importance of Australia "hunting in a pack" if they are to play their best cricket. It was fair to conclude that the pack extends beyond the 11 players on the field.

    While we can only speculate about how CCTV footage of David Warner verbally abusing Quinton de Kock in a stairwell during the first Test wound up in the media, one thing is certain: Australia had been Australia'd. When a claim that de Kock had initiated the altercation with comments about Warner's wife mysteriously made it into the Australian press within a few hours of the video's release, it did not take long for counter-claims to emerge.

    In the past, South Africa's players have made the mistake of complaining about Australia's sledging to the media, starting with Graeme Smith's revealing interview to Sports Illustrated in 2002, through to du Plessis describing them like a "pack of dogs" in 2014 and Dale Steyn's public refusal to forgive Michael Clarke for personal comments made on the field during that same tour. This only added fuel to Australia's verbal fire.

    This time around, wisened by their travels, South Africa are taking Australia on at their own game.

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    Lyon charged for de Villiers run-out incident

    Nathan Lyon, Australia's offspinner, has been charged charged with a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel by the ICC for dropping the ball on AB de Villiers after the veteran batsman was run out in South Africa's second innings of the Durban Test.

    The spinner has been fined 15 percent of his match fee and has had one demerit point added to his name. A total of four such demerit points will result in him missing a Test match.

    In the 12th over of the innings bowled by Lyon, David Warner and the offspinner had combined to run de Villiers out as the batsman couldn't get back to the non-striker's end. After dislodging the bails, Lyon dropped the ball which grazed the chest of de Villiers who was down on the ground after attempting a dive to get to the crease.

    According to a Cricket Australia spokesperson, Lyon apologised to de Villiers and conveyed to him that there was no malice intended.

    Faf du Plessis, the South Africa skipper, was keen to downplay the incident and reckoned what he was was nothing out of the ordinary.

    "It's not anything out of the ordinary for me. We certainly don't complain about it. It's big men playing competitive sport. I didn't even see the footage of Lyon dropping the ball until this morning, so it's not like it was anything extra for us. We just play. Obviously Australia were on top for most of the game, and generally when you're on top that sort of stuff happens," du Plessis said.

    The first Test, which Australia won by 118 runs, has already been hit by the David Warner-Quinton de Kock controversy with a CCTV footage revealing the Australian opener engaging in a verbal exchange with the South African wicketkeeper-batsman as the players made their way to their dressing rooms.

    **Updated after ICC's official release on the event

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    Shane Warne tells Australia and South Africa cricket stars to 'stop whinging' after David Warner spat with Quinton de Kock

    Former Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne said players should stop "whinging" about sledging after an ugly row between David Warner and South Africa's Quinton de Kock clouded the first Test in Durban.

    CCTV footage showed Warner apparently turning on De Kock as the players walked up a narrow staircase leading to the dressing rooms during the tea break on Sunday.

    Vice-captain Warner had to be restrained by his teammates as he appeared to lose his temper, reportedly over a jibe about his wife Candice, although the South Africans blamed him for sparking the argument.

    The incident is in the hands of match referee Jeff Crowe.

    "The incident was discussed between the two team managers and the match referee last night and it is now in the hands of the on-field umpires and the match referee," Cricket Australia said on Tuesday. "Both teams were reminded by the match referee of the spirit in which the game should be played."

    The controversy has divided opinion, with Warne calling on the players to avoid "personal" comments - while also urging them to patch things up.

    "Chat, banter, sledging has always been a part of any series between SA & Oz. Both sides always give it out," he tweeted.

    "Respect is the key & and I hope nothing personal was said to any player towards anyone from either side.

    "... get on with it - stop the whinging!"

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan suggested Warner had a reputation as a sledger and it was only a matter of time before insults were hurled back.

    "Correct Warney....but it's clear plenty of personal nonsense has been spoken & the man in question I hear from many has been doing it for a while so I guess someone eventually was going to touch a nerve with a response," he said on Twitter.

    South Africa manager Mohammed Moosajee also blamed Warner.

    "There were words said out on the field. If you are saying something you've got to take it and that's the opinion of Quinton," he said.

    Former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist also took to Twitter to voice an opinion, calling the spat "ugly".

    "Can only assume something very personal has been thrown at @davidwarner31 for this type of reaction. Not a good look all round," he said.

    Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith agreed it was not good for cricket, but suggested Warner only had himself to blame in an online reply to Gilchrist.

    "Gilly - Warner crossed many personal boundaries with the South Africans, so we can't be surprised when there is eventually a reaction," he said.

    "If players are happy to give it, they have to be prepared to take it, too. On both sides! But agreed not a good look."

    https://www.thenational.ae/sport/cr...vid-warner-spat-with-quinton-de-kock-1.710524
     
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    'Getting personal on the field is not on': Australia captain Smith accuses De Kock of instigating fracas

    Australia captain Steve Smith accused South Africa wicketkeeper Quniton de Kock of setting off a heated dispute by making a personal remark to David Warner, with the altercation captured on camera and overshadowing the visitors' victory at Kingsmead.

    "Those sorts of things are not on from both sides," Smith said at his post-match press conference after Australia won the first match in the four-Test series by 118 runs, completing the triumph in just 20 minutes on Monday's final day.

    "Getting personal on the field is not on. We were certainly very chirpy out in the field as well. As far as I'm aware, we didn't get personal towards Quinton," Smith added.

    "What he said got a little bit personal towards Davey and, as we saw, it certainly provoked an emotional response."

    CCTV footage released overnight showed Warner being restrained by teammates Usman Khawaja and Nathan Lyon as he directed a verbal barrage at De Kock when the players were heading back to the dressing rooms at tea on Sunday.

    At the time, South Africa were fighting their way back into the contest after losing their top order cheaply in the pursuit of a mammoth 417-run victory target.

    Australia wicketkeeper Tim Paine also moved in to block Warner before captain Smith ushered the opening batsman away.

    "It's rather unfortunate that the incident took place and certainly not in the spirit of the game," South Africa's team manager Mohammed Moosajee had said earlier in a statement.

    "The match referee had spoken to us after the day's play. We will await any further communication from the ICC around this incident."

    Cricket Australia (CA) said it was also looking into the incident.

    "CA is aware of reports of an incident between players in Durban," a spokesperson for the Australian governing body said.

    "CA is working to establish the facts of what has occurred and will not be commenting further until that has been done."

    A fired-up Warner had earlier directed a verbal volley at Proteas opener Aiden Markram after the rookie batsman was culpable in the running out of AB de Villiers for a duck.

    Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith criticised opening batsman Warner as "a bit of a fool" and "like a fly buzzing around your head" but Markram, who went on to score an impressive 143, played down the sledging as part of the game.

    De Kock, who was the last batsman out for 83 on Monday, was seen shaking hands with Warner after the match had ended.

    The International Cricket Council (ICC) have yet to comment on the issue or a charge against Australia spinner Lyon for dropping the ball onto a prone De Villiers after he was run out before lunch on Sunday. (Reporting by Mark Gleeson; Additional reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Editing by John O'Brien)

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    David Warner doesn't contest charge; given three demerit points and fined

    Australia's vice-captain David Warner is one demerit point away from a ban after he accepted a level two charge from the ICC for his part in the stairwell confrontation with Quinton de Kock in Durban. Warner was hit with three demerit points for the offence.

    South Africa's team management will meet at noon local time on Wednesday to decide their course of action over Quinton de Kock's level one charge. One source told ESPNcricinfo that de Kock may contest the charge "on principle" because South Africa maintain that Australia "got personal" in their on-field banter.

    Warner was also fined 75% of his match fee, about A$13,500, after meetings between the match referee Jeff Crowe and Australian team management on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

    With three demerit points, Warner joins Kagiso Rabada and Faf du Plessis on the South African side as players in this series only one more disciplinary infraction away from a suspension.

    More to follow ...

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    Reports of Warner's personal barbs on de Kock '100 % false': Tim Paine

    In the aftermath of the altercation between David Warner and Quinton de Kock that was caught on camera, eventually leading to an ICC investigation, Australian wicketkeeper Tim Paine echoed the thoughts of his captain Steven Smith by saying that reports of Warner making personal barbs at the South African stumper were '100 % false'. Incidentally, the ICC charged the two cricketers - Warner with a Level 2 offence [which can lead to a one-Test ban] and de Kock with a Level 1 offence.

    "At no stage was Quinton's family mentioned, that's 100% false. I don't know how their team manager [Mohammed Moosajee] can hear from where he's sitting, but from where I was, which was right nearby the whole time, there was nothing we said that was inappropriate," Paine said in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday (March 6).

    Paine was one of three Australian players that were attempting to pull Warner back during the fracas in the stairwell in Durban. He also claimed that he and his teammates were playing Australia's 'way' of cricket and making life tough for de Kock while he was out batting in the middle and that they did not make any personal comments.

    "We were trying to make it an uncomfortable place for Quinton to bat, no doubt, but we didn't cross the line. We spoke about cricket stuff and a few little things with his fitness. Our stuff is the way we've always played our cricket. Certainly it's hard, and we like to make them feel uncomfortable out there. But we don't cross the line and bring people's wives and family into the cricket game. And we'll continue to do that for as long as we play.

    "Obviously the situation wasn't ideal for both sides and it was regrettable what happened up the stairs, but it's disappointing that they've come out now and said a few things that are just blatantly untrue."

    Paine also revealed that de Kock had mentioned Warner's wife during the fracas on stairwell, and he was unsure what would've happened if Warner had gotten any closer to the South African. "I don't know what would have happened to be honest, but he was certainly extremely fired up and he had every right to be. I think at the time when it was actually said [about Warner's wife], I think I was probably the only person that heard it.

    "Usman had gone a bit further ahead and I was about to walk around them both, I just thought they were still going on just from the general chatter that was on the ground. As I went past de Kock he said what he said, and luckily I suppose I was there in between."

    The wicketkeeper also opined that Warner was not the sort of player who'd get upset about being sledged and would take as good as he gave, but to drag families into such heated incidents was unacceptable. Paine stated that the Australian team was firmly behind Warner, and that the the pugnacious opener is at his best when he is combative and confrontational.

    "Once he [Warner] got off his chest what he wanted to say, once he sat down, there was no issue. He is not the sort of bloke who will whinge about being sledged, I've hear blokes say a lot of things on the cricket field that don't bother him, I have never seen him react like he reacted when we were coming off the field. People have said if he gives it he is going to have to take it, all that sort of rubbish, which is fine on the field, but when you are bringing people's families or wives into it it's unacceptable.

    "Our team is certainly behind him, we know as a group what we said on the field and what we didn't say on the field, everyone is totally comfortable with that and we also know what was said by the opposition. I don't think it will change [us] a lot, a lot of people like to pretend that they like being in the fight and having verbal stoushes on the cricket field but Davey is genuinely someone who loves that and thrives on it. I can't wait to see him prepare for this game, when he gets the bit between the teeth he is one of the best cricketers in the world."

    Paine was also adamant that Australia did not cross the proverbial line while unnerving their opponents verbally. "On the field they have been niggling away at us and we have been niggling away at them and that is where it is going to stay. The umpires didn't object to anything that was said. We didn't have any of our players mention anyone's family members or wives. Even on the ground. I've heard some comments from their team manager or former captain [Graeme Smith] in commentary that we were crossing the line. If you're crossing the line, the umpires will intervene, and they didn't."

    The heated series is merely one Test old, which went in Australia's favour in Durban. The second of the four-Test series begins from March 9 in Port Elizabeth.

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    Comments from de Kock "outright disgusting", says David Warner

    David Warner has conceded he should be more careful about how he handles himself following his altercation with Quinton de Kock during the first Test between Australia and South Africa in Durban. Warner has been hit with three demerit points and fined 75 percent of his match fee after deciding to accept the ICC's level two charges.

    CCTV footage from a stairwell leading up to the dressing rooms at Kingsmead showed Warner continuing to verbally abuse de Kock as South Africa and Australia broke for Tea on the fourth day of the first Test, which Australia went on to win by 118 runs.

    "I cop it left, right and centre, especially off the field from spectators. I am used to that and it doesn't bother me," Warner said on Wednesday (March 7).

    "I've been called everything under the sun out on the field and that, quite frankly, doesn't bother me. But in the proximity of my personal space and behind me, a comment that was vile and disgusting and about my wife - and just in general about a lady - was quite poor.

    "It was just something that I don't believe should have been said ... [it was] out of line. I responded emotionally and regretted the way it played out, but I'll always stick up for my family."

    South Africa contested the charge laid against de Kock but lost the hearing. The South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman was handed one demerit point and lost 25 percent of his match fees for the altercation. Warner maintained there were no personal attacks on de Kock but stressed the comments from the South African were "outright disgusting".

    "It is quite disappointing that they would come out and make that statement," he pointed out. "I can't see anyone else making comments the way that he made them, which were outright disgusting. It's a thing you wouldn't say about any lady, especially someone's wife. When it comes to family or racism comments or anything like that, that's just a no-go zone."

    Warner, however, went on to acknowledge he would want to clarify things with de Kock at some stage during the series.

    "I just would have liked him to say the comment a little bit louder, instead of muttering it under his breath next to me and Tim Paine," he said. "Then walking up the stairs and saying 'I didn't say anything' as soon as the rest of his team-mates came out. We're all men and if you're going to say something, you look someone in the eye and say it.

    "Hopefully I can speak to him in the next couple of days, or after the game, or after the series."

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    De Kock loses hearing, found guilty of level one offence

    Quinton de Kock has been fined 25 per cent of his match fee from the first Test against Australia and hit with one demerit point after South Africa's attempt to reduce a sanction against him failed on Wednesday (March 7) evening. De Kock was found guilty of a level one breach of the ICC's code of conduct by match referee Jeff Crowe for his part in the stairwell spat with Australia's David Warner.

    Although South Africa initially suggested that they would contest the charge, in the end they only attempted to have the sanction reduced. Coach Ottis Gibson, captain Faf du Plessis and team manager Doctor Mohammad Moosajee all accompanied de Kock to the hearing at the team hotel, which lasted around 45 minutes.

    While they admitted that de Kock had said something to Warner prior to the Australian's ugly outburst in the stairwell leading up to the Kingsmead dressing rooms, they argued that de Kock's comments were a response to Australia's provocation. Explaining why South Africa wanted to contest the charge, Gibson said in a press conference on Wednesday afternoon: "Quinny would not have said anything had something not been said to him in the first place. There's one guy walking up the stairs going back to his dressing room, there's another guy having to be restrained. If I am walking, trying to get back to my dressing room and somebody is being restrained, how can you fine me for something?"

    Although South Africa presented two independent witnesses to back their case up, they were ultimately unsuccessful, with Crowe imposing the sanction after a brief deliberation.

    Warner had already lost 75 per cent of his match fee and incurred three demerit points after admitting to a level two offence, leaving him just one demerit point away from a ban. Australia maintain that the outburst, which was captured on both a pitch side TV clip that was released on Australian television on Wednesday and CCTV footage that was leaked to the media on Sunday night, was a response to "personal" comments by de Kock about Warner's wife.

    During his press conference at St George's Park ahead of Friday's second Test, Gibson called for everybody's attention to return to the cricket. But any hopes that the ICC's verdicts will provide a sense of finality in the saga are likely to be optimistic, with the hostility between the two sides both shaken and stirred by the events of the past week.

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    Rabada's five-for puts South Africa in command

    StumpsSouth Africa 39 for 1 (Rabada 17*, Elgar 11*) trail Australia 243 (Warner 63, Rabada 5-96, Ngidi 3-51) by 204 runs
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    Australia trail by 42 runs with 6 wickets.
     
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    Almost erased the deficit
     
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    This series is good for Test Cricket.

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    Rabada's 11-for helps South Africa level series

    South Africa 382 (De Villiers 126*, Elgar 57, Amla 56, Cummins 3-79) and 102 for 4 beat Australia 243 (Warner 63, Rabada 5-96, Ngidi 3-51) and 239 (Khawaja 75, Rabada 6-54) by 6 wickets Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
     
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    Rabada suspended for two Tests after code of conduct breach

    Kagiso Rabada, the South Africa pacer, has been handed a two-match suspension after being found guilty of a level two Code of Conduct offence, the ICC announced on Monday (March 12).

    The 22-year-old, who spearheaded South Africa's series-levelling win in Port Elizabeth, will miss out of the remaining two Tests against Australia as a result of his misdemeanour in the second Test.

    More to follow..

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    Steyn’s comeback delayed until end of March

    CAPET TOWN: South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn will only be considered for the fourth Test against Australia on March 30, and not the third as initially hoped as he continues to recover from a heel injury. Steyn was due to play for the Titans in the first-class competition on Thursday, but will not turn out for the fixture. Instead, he is targeting the final round of franchise matches, which starts on March 22, the same day as the Newlands Test, with the aim to be fit for Johannesburg. That means if South Africa are without Kagiso Rabada – who is awaiting the outcome of a hearing on a Level 2 charge – they won’t have Steyn to take his place. Instead, Morne Morkel, who was left out for Lungi Ngidi, could come into contention.

    Faf du Plessis was not fully aware of Steyn’s situation in the immediate aftermath of the Port Elizabeth Test but his hopes of the fast bowler being available have been dashed. “I’m not 100% sure where Dale is. From my understanding, he would have needed to play a game this week, which he didn’t, which would probably set him back for the third Test, I would assume,” du Plessis said. “Our plan for him was to play a game. But I would be praying extra hard that he would be ready for that third Test to make sure we can have him available if he is fit. On the spot now, I would assume probably on the fourth Test.” Steyn needs three wickets to overtake Shaun Pollock as South Africa’s leading Test wicket-taker.

    https://dailytimes.com.pk/214089/steyns-comeback-delayed-until-end-of-march/
     
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    Why is Steyn still playing? He's old now, not as quick, injury prone. Already achieved what he could in tests. Maybe stick around for ODI world cup at most.

    If he genuinely does like tests and still thinks he's got it then his passion for game must be huge.
     
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    Australia on Rabada: 'His arm speed is quite amazing'

    Seldom within a series do opponents line up to praise a fast bowler in public. But even more seldom do they do so in the knowledge that the same bowler will not be available for the remainder of the series through suspension, meaning all their worries about giving away a "mental edge" to the opposition stand cancelled.

    That, however, is exactly the case for Australia and Kagiso Rabada, the South African spearhead now sidelined due to an ICC code of conduct ban for repeated issues with celebrating a little too exuberantly in the faces of dismissed batsmen and, in the case of the touring captain Steven Smith, making physical contact. The qualities Rabada demonstrated in Durban and in particular Port Elizabeth led numerous Australian players and coaches to hold forth on his skills, and also on the wicket-celebration troubles that have nixed him from the remainder of the series.

    The fielding coach, Brad Haddin

    As a wicketkeeper batsman, Haddin hammered plenty of the world's best and fastest pacemen, and knows a special talent when he sees one. But he also thinks how Rabada comes back after missing two important Tests - which will leave him "hurting" - will be key.

    "He's very impressive. For someone so young, the smarts he has the with ball in his hand, knowing when to go up and down gears... Looking from the sidelines, it looks like he really understands how to set up a batsman. For someone so young that's quite impressive. I thought the spell in the second innings [in Port Elizabeth] to go after [David] Warner and the openers - that was a pretty placid wicket, and from where I was sitting that was some pretty hostile bowling. He took it on himself there to get the big wicket of Davey. He is impressive. It's disappointing for the game that he's not playing, but from our point of view it's a bonus because he is a class act. It was a conscious effort [by Rabada] to go hard at him and it was a good ball that got him [Warner] in the end.

    "Everyone needs to take a step back. Let's start playing cricket more on skill and less on emotion. Both sides have been guilty of things they're probably not proud of over the last two Test matches. But we're 1-1, it's time to play some cricket on skill and leave that other stuff to the side. It's disappointing for Rabada. I know the South Africans, playing us, I've heard them say a couple of times this is their big series, and now he's got to sit back and watch what's going on out there. It will be interesting to see how he comes back after that, because he'll be hurting, no doubt, over the next couple of Test matches."

    The bowling coach, David Saker

    With Victoria, England and now Australia, Saker has worked closely with a host of high-class pacemen. His views of Rabada are more technical, and also in line with the view that when a great talent crosses your path, one of the best things a coach can do is to get out of the way - except, of course, when it comes to send-offs.

    "I wouldn't change a thing, it's a great product. Even two or three years ago when I first saw the guy... He's still a kid now, he's just pretty exciting, he's got raw pace, his arm speed is quite amazing, he keeps running in and, like a lot of good bowlers, he gets wickets in clumps and puts a lot of pressure on the new batters. He's obviously hard to start against because of his pace. You wouldn't be changing a thing, he's a really exciting cricketer and South Africa are very blessed to have him in their team.

    "I wouldn't be changing his action or his product. His discipline in the game you would have to change and I'm sure they would look at that, they'll put people and things in place you would think. Fortunately for us that's not our problem and I'll let South Africa deal with that one."

    The rival, Mitchell Starc

    For most of the past three years, Starc has been arguably the world's most feared fast man when he gets it right, and certainly the quickest at his peak. To watch Rabada at work, including having to face him, has been an experience both good and bad for Starc. He also had some useful advice to offer, from the perspective of a fast man who, as a younger player, gave his share of send-offs and ran into trouble for doing so.

    "He's a pretty good bowler, isn't he? What's he got now, four 10-fors? Dale has got five in [many] more Test matches. His record is pretty good, it speaks for itself. He's their spearhead, the one they go to, and he's done the job time after time. They've got two guys who are in the mix who have taken 300 and 400 Test wickets. They've got plenty of bowlers in their stocks. But if he's not playing in the rest of this series, he's going to be a big loss for them.


    "I think that's the biggest one, how close you get to the batsmen these days. It's very much a no-no. He's only young and made a couple of mistakes, but I'm sure he'll learn going forward that you just can't get that close to the batter and the [umpires] are going to be on you at all times. He's a fantastic bowler to watch when he's in full flight, and he's going to keep taking wickets and keep celebrating. Maybe [he needs to be] just moving away from the batter a little bit, which I think I've learnt in the past as well when I was a bit younger."

    The batsman, Shaun Marsh

    At St George's Park, Marsh was undone by the full range of Rabada's skills with a reversing ball, pinned lbw in the first innings with a ball swerving back sharply at him, and then coaxed into following and edging a second-innings delivery of similar length that curled away towards the slips.

    "He's obviously a world-class bowler, isn't he? His stats say that. He's been a good challenge for us the first two Test matches. Obviously not playing the next two. He bowls good pace and can swing it both ways.

    "I guess it's obviously two nations going pretty hard out on the ground. It's Test cricket and sometimes tensions do boil over. It is what it is sometimes. We've just got to keep playing good cricket and keep playing on skill."

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/22755674/arm-speed-quite-amazing
     
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    Rabada appeals ban, could yet play at Newlands

    Kagiso Rabada has appealed against his Level 2 sanction, which earned him three demerit points during the second Test between South Africa and Australia in Port Elizabeth, and could yet play in the third Test next week if his two-Test ban can be suspended during the appeal process.

    Rabada was found guilty of making inappropriate and deliberate contact with Australian captain Steven Smith after dismissing him in the first innings. The pair brushed shoulders after Rabada yelled "yes, yes, yes," in Smith's face and then ran through to his team-mates.

    The sanction took Rabada's demerit points to eight, after he came into the Test on five points. Eight demerit points carries an equivalent of two suspension points, which is why Rabada was suspended from the rest of the series. He also earned a ninth point in the second innings when he gave David Warner a send-off. The next threshold of demerit points is 12, which would result in a minimum three-Test ban.

    The ICC will now appoint a Judicial Commissioner "at the earliest opportunity", according to a tweet from the organisation. The ICC's code of conduct clause 8.2.3.1 states that a judicial commissioner must be appointed within 48 hours of receipt of a players' notice to appeal and clause 8.2.3.4 states that a hearing must be held within seven days of the commissioner being appointed.

    The time frame means that at the latest, a judicial commissioner will be appointed by this Friday. The hearing must then take place by next Friday, March 23. The third Test against Australia starts in Cape Town on Thursday March 22, which theoretically means Rabada cannot play in that match, because he remains suspended while the appeal is pending.

    However, CSA can present an argument to the judicial commissioner to put Rabada's suspension on hold while the appeal is pending and therefore allow him to play in the Newlands Test. Should Rabada succeed in his appeal, he could be available for the final Test of the series in Johannesburg at the end of the month.

    However, his appeal also puts him at risk of an increased sanction as the judicial commissioner can "increase or decrease, amend or otherwise substitute a new decision on the appropriateness (or otherwise) of the sanction imposed at first instance," according to clause 8.2.3.3 of the ICC's code.

    CSA are yet to confirm who is on Rabada's legal team for the appeal but will issue confirmation shortly.


    Meanwhile, South Africa are yet to announce a squad for the remaining two Tests in the series but it is expected they will add a bowler as cover for Rabada. Morne Morkel, who is in the squad and did not play the second Test, is expected to slot back in, but Chris Morris may come into contention.

    Morris was left out of the original squad but took four wickets and scored a century for Titans in a first-class match at the beginning of the month. Duanne Olivier is another contender after claiming six wickets in a warm-up match against the touring Australians at the start of their tour.

    However, Dale Steyn cannot be considered quite yet. Steyn has yet to play a competitive match after picking up a heel injury in the New Year's Test against India at Newlands. He was due to play for the Titans against Cobras in a match that starts on Thursday but will now target next week's fixture in a bid to be fit for the fourth Test in Johannesburg over Easter weekend.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/22758440/rabada-appeals-ban-yet-play-newlands
     
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    Philander denies posting inflammatory tweet accusing Smith

    Vernon Philander has said his Twitter account was hacked, after an inflammatory tweet was posted on his account, accusing Steven Smith of being equally culpable in the shoulder brush that led to Kagiso Rabada getting banned for the remaining two Tests against Australia.

    "Good morning all my tweeps. Waking up this morning to a lot of twitter craziness as my account got hacked and someone posted a nice little article on my behalf," Philander said on Twitter on Thursday morning. "Sorry for all the drama or entertainment caused by the looks of it. Have a great day all."

    The earlier tweet, which has now been deleted from his account, on Wednesday night appeared to further stoke the tensions between South Africa and Australia in what has been a bad-tempered series.

    In that tweet, a partial clipping of the shoulder-brush incident was posted along with the following text: "Steve Smith gave KG the shoulder. He could have avoided any contact but to me he is just as guilty. Trying some football skills to get a penalty??? Pity he didn't dive to top it off."

    The incident occurred on the first day of the second Test in Port Elizabeth. While celebrating his successful lbw appeal against Smith, Rabada got close to the batsman while yelling "Yes, yes, yes" and then his shoulder made contact with that of Smith, who had held his course. Rabada was charged with a Level 2 offence by the ICC - which he contested saying the contact was unintentional - and handed three demerit points, which meant his accumulated demerit points amounted to eight and resulted in a two-Test ban.

    Rabada has appealed against the Level 2 sanction and there remains the possibility that he might yet play the third Test at Newlands if the punishment is suspended during the appeal process.

    That wasn't the end of Rabada's problems during the second Test though. He was charged with a Level 1 offence for his send-off to David Warner, after he bowled the Australian batsman in the second innings in Port Elizabeth. Rabada was hit with one demerit point for that infraction, taking his tally to nine points.

    The Rabada-Smith episode in the second Test added to the bad-tempered nature of the series, after Warner and Quinton de Kock were at the centre of a controversy in Durban. Warner was caught on CCTV shouting at de Kock in the stairwell at Kingsmead, as the players went to their dressing room for tea on the fourth day of the match. Warner claimed de Kock had said something personal about his wife, while South Africa claimed Warner had got personal first. Warner accepted his Level 2 charge and got three demerit points, and de Kock was given one demerit point after contesting his Level 1 charge.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_...ting-inflammatory-tweet-accusing-steven-smith
     
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    Rabada's appeal hearing on March 19

    Kagiso Rabada's appeal hearing against a Level 2 sanction which cost him three demerit pointsand a 50% fine of his Port Elizabeth match fee will take place on March 19. The ICC have appointed New Zealand's Michael Heron as the judicial commissioner and the hearing will be held via video conference.

    Heron will have 48 hours to reach a decision, which means Rabada will learn his fate by Wednesday. If cleared, he could play in the Newlands Test that starts on Friday.

    Heron is a judicial commissioner for New Zealand Rugby and SANZAAR, the body which operates rugby competitions between South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Argentina. He is also a national commissioner for New Zealand Cricket and a member of the ICC's code of conduct commission and dispute resolution committee.

    Rabada will be represented by high-profile South African advocate, Dali Mpofu.

    Rabada was found guilty of making inappropriate and deliberate contact with Steven Smith after dismissing him in the first innings of the second Test between South Africa and Australia at St George's Park. After having Smith trapped lbw, Rabada screamed "yes, yes, yes" in the direction of Smith, and then made contact with his shoulder on his way to celebrating with team-mates. In the aftermath, Rabada maintained he did not feel any contact and would not have contested the charge if he had.

    Rabada went into the fixture on five demerit points and the incident took him to eight, which equated to a two-Test ban. Rabada also earned a ninth demerit point when he gave David Warner a send-off in the second innings but did not contest that charge. That means if Rabada is cleared he will still have six demerit points to his name and will remain two away from a suspension.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/22790317/kagiso-rabada-appeal-hearing-march-19
     
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    Rabada takes responsibility for Smith shoulder brush

    Kagiso Rabada has conceded he should not have got into Steven Smith's space after dismissing him in the first innings of the Port Elizabeth Test, an action for which he is currently set to miss the remainder of the Test series. He insisted, however, he did not feel any contact when his shoulder brushed Smith's.

    Rabada is appealing against his Level 2 sanction on Monday, with the hope of having three of his nine demerit points removed and allow him to play on; how this qualified acceptance of responsibility affects his defense only time will tell.

    Asked at a sponsor function in Johannesburg whether he had been harshly treated, Rabada was equivocal and said he could see both sides of the argument.

    Kagiso Rabada has conceded he should not have got into Steven Smith's space after dismissing him in the first innings of the Port Elizabeth Test, an action for which he is currently set to miss the remainder of the Test series. He insisted, however, he did not feel any contact when his shoulder brushed Smith's.

    Rabada is appealing against his Level 2 sanction on Monday, with the hope of having three of his nine demerit points removed and allow him to play on; how this qualified acceptance of responsibility affects his defense only time will tell.

    Asked at a sponsor function in Johannesburg whether he had been harshly treated, Rabada was equivocal and said he could see both sides of the argument.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/22794547/rabada-takes-responsibility-smith-shoulder-brush
     
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    Rabada's ban overturned, cleared to play in Cape Town

    Kagiso Rabada will play in the Cape Town Test after his two-match ban for making physical contact with Steven Smith was overturned by the ICC's code of conduct appeal commissioner Michael Heron.

    After a hearing via video conference lasting more than six hours on Monday, in which Rabada's case was championed by the high profile South African legal advocate Dali Mpofu, his level 2 charge for physical contact was downgraded to a level 1 charge for conduct contrary to spirit of the game, with a 25% match fee fine and 1 demerit point, instead of the three he had initially been given by the match referee Jeff Crowe.

    This means Rabada's demerit points total dips below the threshold bringing an automatic ban, allowing him to play at Newlands. Rabada, the captain Faf du Plessis and the team manager Mohammed Moosajee all took part in the hearing.

    “I think in any hearing you've got to be as happy as you can be," Moosajee said after the hearing. "We've put our side of the story across and now it's up to the judicial commissioner to make a stand on what he thinks."

    The full judgment made by Heron, a notable New Zealand QC, is expected to be released by the ICC shortly, with Rabada to train with his Proteas teammates at Newlands later on Tuesday.

    "We've said it from the beginning...he needs to make sure he plans as if he's going to play," Moosajee said. "It would be fantastic. I think everyone wants to see him on the field."

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/22840904/kagiso-rabada-ban-overturned-cleared-play-cape-town
     
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    Excellent news for the Saffers. This should pump them up even more. Could be in for an exciting test.
     
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    Smith critical of Rabada's successful appeal

    Australia captain Steven Smith has declared that the Kagiso Rabada appeal verdict sets a troubling standard for allowable physical contact in the game. He also indicated that Australia's long-time policy of not contesting the charges of ICC match referees may well change after South Africa's successful legal challenge.

    Clearly surprised by the outcome, Smith questioned why he had not been asked for his version of events as the other party in the incident, for which the match referee Jeff Crowe had found Rabada guilty of making "inappropriate and deliberate" physical contact with the batsman after dismissing him on day one of the Port Elizabeth Test. Either way, Smith said a precedent had been set.

    "The ICC have set the standard, haven't they? There was clearly contact out in the middle," Smith said in Cape Town ahead of Thursday's third Test. "I certainly won't be telling my bowlers to go out there and after you take a wicket go and get in their space. I don't think that is on and part of the game.

    "I certainly think he bumped me a little bit harder than it actually looked on the footage. It didn't bother me too much. I guess the emotion after you get out you don't really he's won the battle. What's the point of over-celebrating? And getting in the face of a batter, you've already won the battle. But they've obviously decided what's deliberate contact and what's not, and apparently it wasn't."

    Since 2011, Australia have only once asked for a hearing to contest a sanction, ironically for physical contact between Mitchell Johnson and Ben Stokes when Crowe was also presiding as match referee, and chose to drop the charges against both players for their mid-pitch collision during the 2013 Adelaide Test. However, Smith said the Rabada case had changed the landscape considerably, both in terms of allowing physical contact and opening up the possibility of further challenges.

    "You always want your best players available to play so maybe, particularly now that we know people can get off, that's for sure. That's a possibility in the future," Smith said. "They obviously appealed this one and it looked like a pretty long process in the courtroom. But if you see guys getting off then perhaps guys will appeal a bit more in the future to try and get off certain things."

    Looking at the code of conduct process, Smith said he was mystified as to why he was never called to give his account of the confrontation.

    "The other person involved not getting asked about it is pretty interesting, I thought," Smith said. "You still want to come up against the best players. That's part of playing the game and Kagiso is No.1 in the world. It was interesting the way things played out and that he was able to get the charge brought down with an appeal.

    Having already met with the incoming match referee Andy Pycroft for the final two Tests of this series, Smith said he would seek further clarification of the appeal decision, and stated that Crowe had the right to feel "annoyed" that his deliberations had been cast aside by the appeals commissioner Michael Heron.

    "The way he handled both sides throughout the two Test matches, I thought he did a terrific job," Smith said of Crowe. "I'd be feeling a bit annoyed if I was him, to be perfectly honest.

    "A new match referee coming in so he wanted to have a chat with the senior players so myself, Davey and Nathan Lyon. I think he's going to chat to Faf [du Plessis], AB [de Villiers] and Hashim [Amla] as well. Just to ensure that the series is continued to be played in pretty good spirit.

    "I thought it was pretty good last game, after couple of isolated incidents in the first Test match and just to make sure cricket is still the winner. I might have a chat to him around what's gone on. Obviously they've deemed the contact not to be deliberate and set the line in the sand of what is appropriate and what's not. We'll see what he has to say."


    As for the "hacked" tweet from the account of Vernon Philander, Smith described claims that he had tried to "draw the contact" from Rabada as "a load of garbage". However, he said he would ensure his players stayed in line at Newlands, after Cameron Bancroft had indicated the tweet may be used as material with which to go after Philander.

    "I think that's a bit over the top," Smith said. "I was just going down to chat to Shaun [Marsh]. I had just been given out. So trying to see whether I could find a way to still be out in the middle. Unfortunately, I couldn't. I think that's all a load of garbage to be honest.

    "I think we've played in a pretty good spirit the last game and again it's about continuing to play our hard, aggressive brand and making sure we stay within the parameters of the game. Hopefully, we can do that and get ourselves up 2-1 in the series."

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_...mith-critical-kagiso-rabada-successful-appeal
     
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    3rd test has started

    SA are 12/1 after winning the toss and electing to bat
     
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    South Africa Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis (capt), Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock (wk), Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel

    Australia David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (capt), Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
     
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    Amla got a good start hope he carries on

    SA 45/1

    Amla 29*
    Elgar 13*
     

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