South Africa's paceman Kagiso Rabada, who was charged with level 2 offence by the ICC following 2nd Test of the series against Australia at Port Elizabeth. Rabada bowled match-winning spell in both the innings of the Test by inflicting 5-fer in each innings but allegedly came into shoulder contact with Australia captain Steven Smith after dismissing him.
However, in the latest update on this issue has given a huge relief for both South Africa and Rabada as the ban has been revoked and he can play the 3rd Test, which will start from Thursday. As reported by ICC, Rabada has not been found guilty of the charge of making inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with a player following a hearing before the Right Honourable Michael Heron QC yesterday.
After receiving a ban of two Tests from ICC, South African pacer Kagiso Rabada now gets a motivating news. Following South Africa's victory over Australia in the second Test, courtesy Rabada's brilliance with the ball; the pacer once again dethrones England's James Anderson from the top spot in the ICC Test bowling rankings with his career-best rating of 902.
Rabada is now 15 points ahead of James Anderson, whom he dethroned in January from the top spot but lost the spot 9 days later after the Cape Town Test against India. However, as of now, with 902 points, Rabada crosses 900-mark in rating points for the first time and becomes the 23rd bowler to reach this landmark. He is also the 4th South African after Vernon Philander (912 in 2013), Shaun Pollock (900 in 1999) and Dale Steyn (909 in 2014).
After losing the 3-match Test series against South Africa by 2-1, India will look to start the ODI series on a winning note. The 6-match ODI series will start off from Thursday, 1st February 2018. Let's have a look at the players from both the teams who can be game changers.
Rabada and Morne Morkel will carry the fast-bowling mantle in the absence of Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander, which will be another opportunity to grow and expose the pace resources in the Proteas setup.
South Africa could add only 147 runs to their overnight score of 214 for 5 on Day three of the first Test against England at Lord's. After gaining crucial 97-run lead, England continued their strong hold in the Test by ending 3rd day of the match with 119 for 1 and leading by 214.
The day three of the match resumed with South African being at 214 for 5, Temba Bavuma batting at 48 along with Kagiso Rabada at 9 off 12. After facing 42 deliveries more and adding 18 more to his score, Rabada was the first man to be dismissed on day three of the match for 27. Further, Bavuma completed his fifty and could add only 11 more to his previous day's score as Moeen Ali once again came in action to dismiss him for 59.
South Africa's ace fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has been suspended by International Cricket Council for one Test for the bowler was caught saying heated words to England batsmen on the second day of the first Test at Lord's.
In the process, Rabada got the fourth demerit point of the ICC's Code of Conduct. The fast bowler had three points for getting involved in a heated exchange with Sri Lanka's Niroshan Dickwella during an ODI game in early 2017.
After he used 'inappropriate language' for Ben Stokes after his dismissal, he earned the fourth demerit point and as per ICC ruled, it calls for a suspension of one game.