Kagiso Rabada risks ICC's wrath with Smith send-off

South African bowler Kagiso Rabada risks two-test ban with send-off

A half-century from Australian opener David Warner could not prevent South Africa from gaining the upper hand on the opening day of the second Test on Friday as Kagiso Rabada claimed three quick wickets to peg back the visitors to 170 for six at tea.

Although the incident did not appear to be particularly serious, Rabada's fellow fast bowler Vernon Philander effectively confirmed there was some concern among the South Africans.

The charge typically carries with it three demerit points, which would take Rabada to eight in total in the past 12 month period - triggering a two-Test ban, which would rule him out of the rest of the series with Australia. But wicket keeper-batsman Tim Paine (36, 68b, 5×4) played a fighting knock and added invaluable 73 runs with the tailenders. "We have the best bowling attack in the world".

In reply, South Africa was 39 for 1 at the end of play on Day 1.

Two more wickets fell quickly after the interval, including that of Warner for 63 who let his bat do the talking after being fined 75 percent of his match fee for the incident during the first Test. The International Cricket Council takes a dim view of any unnecessary physical contact on the field.

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Rabada finished with 5/96 from 21 overs, Philander with 2/25 in 18 economical overs and Ngidi with 3/51. Four days on, the fallout continued, with Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland releasing a statement before play started in Port Elizabeth reminding the Australian players they needed to behave.

CSA president Chris Nenzani apologised to the board of Cricket Australia and its officials, team management, players and their families.

The unsavoury development will likely strain relations between the two countries further after a spiteful first Test that saw Warner and de Kock penalised for bringing the game into disrepute.

Having bravely elected to bat in overcast conditions on a pitch with a healthy grass cover at St George's Park, the tourists managed just 23 runs in the first 14 overs as the home bowlers found prodigious movement. Yes!' before continuing his celebration by moving towards him and briefly making contact with the Australian captain with his shoulder.

He had Smith and Shaun Marsh out lbw, with both failing with reviews, and Mitchell Marsh was caught behind by de Kock attempting an expansive drive at an inopportune moment just before the tea break.

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