SA v ENG 2020: Rabada banned for Jo'burg Test after angry wicket celebration 

The ICC has banned the pacer for a Test after he accumulated his fourth active demerit point.

Rabada gave Root an angry send-off | GettyKagiso Rabada is set to miss the fourth and final Test of the ongoing series versus England in Johannesburg. The South African pacer has been sanctioned by ICC for an angry roar and celebration after taking the wicket of opposition skipper Joe Root on Day 1 of the third Test in Port Elizabeth. 

Rabada earned one demerit and was fined 15 per cent of his match fee after being proven guilty of a level one offence; this, not only took his currently active tally of demerit points to four but also made him deserving of ban from a Test match as per the ICC law.

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Overall, Rabada has accumulated eight demerit points in his career but four of those have now elapsed. 

The ICC also found the speedster guilty of breaching article 2.5 of the governing body's code of conduct for "using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his/her dismissal during an International Match".

Rabada's blood was boiling at Root for some reason throughout the evening session; he was seen advancing towards the batsman and then screaming at him before thankfully team-mates Rassie van der Dussen, Pieter Malan and rest ensured he doesn't completely cross the line. 

Bowling coach Charl Langeveldt said he had asked Rabada to "control your aggression" because the 24-year-old is "always looking for a scrap".

(Inputs from ESPNcricinfo)


By Kashish Chadha - 17 Jan, 2020

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