SA vs AUS: 2018: Rabada's suspension would leave a big hole, says Philander

Australia won the first Test of the series.

Rabada's controversial send off to Steve Smith. (Getty)

After taking a five-wicket haul in the first innings of the second Test, Rabada has picked up 3 so far in the Australian second innings which ended at 180 for 5 on day 3. Mitchell Marsh (39) and Tim Paine ( 5) are still at the crease trying to steady the second innings total. 

His controversial send off to Steve Smith in the first innings has landed him in trouble as he seems himself unavailable for the rest of the series. Rabada, who already has five demerit points to his name, was charged with a level two offence by on-field umpires Chris Gaffaney and Kumar Dharmasena. South Africa has indicated that they will contest the charges. It was speculated that if the offense stays, it will amount to two suspension points and a two-Test ban for the young fast bowler.

Match referee Jeff Crowe heard the appeal of South African side and decided to ban Rabada for the rest of the two Test matches of the series.

Rabada's fellow pacer and teammate Vernon Philander has said that Rabada would leave "a big hole" if he is suspended as a result of his emphatic send-off towards Steve Smith on day one of the second Test between South Africa and Australia.

He has made the ball talk in both the innings and has been the chief destroyer as far as Australian batsmen are concerned. Philander recognized the void Rabada could leave, saying: "I don't even recall there being a send-off.We are probably allowed to celebrate sometimes.Sometimes there is a fine line whether to celebrate too hard. It's all up to the umpires and the ICC match officials to make that call."

"He would leave a massive hole, he's a big part of this bowling line up. Let's hope that's not the case" concluded Philander by saying. 

By Anshuman Roy - 12 Mar, 2018

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