Both sides should be on their final warnings, Mark Taylor on South Africa-Australia heat moments
By Sandy - Mar 16, 2018 9:07 am
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From the beginning of the four-match Test series between the hosts South Africa and Australia, the heat moments are continuously running as the senior or important players are continuously attacking the opponent side. Former Australian skipper Mark Taylor feels that both sides have crossed their limits and they should be in their final warnings.

Mark Taylor mostly blamed Australian cricket team for the present heat moment in the Test series

Recently Mark Taylor told Wide World of Sports, “Both sides should be on their final warnings, and that definitely includes Australia. There’s been too much of this in-your-face celebration when batsmen are dismissed, and the Australian bowlers have been as guilty as the South African bowlers at times.”

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Earlier, former Australian cricketer, Ian Chappell had slammed the skipper Steven Smith and the coach Darren Lehmann for their roles to allow David Warner to cross the limit during the first Test.

Taylor agrees with Ian Chappell’s thought as he quoted, “I absolutely agree with that. Unfortunately, it’s where David Warner has come unstuck, he’s actually made a point in recent times of saying that he wants to bring back the old David Warner and get in the face of the opposition. He told the world what he was going to do and what’s more, he’s gone about and done it, and taken it to another level.”

Mark Taylor

Taylor further added, “Australia have certainly played their part in this, and both sides need to take stock of what’s happened in the first couple of Tests and do something positive for the game. I’m not suggesting for a minute we have silence out in the middle, but there’s no doubt it’s getting worse. Bullying is not a bad term for it, and they’re using it too much. It just keeps escalating and now it’s getting out of hand.”

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While South African pacer Kagiso Rabada has been suspended for the next two Test matches, South Africa is going to appealing on that. The four-match Test series is currently standing with the 1-1 shape after the second Test, while Rabada is one of the important players for South Africa who won Player of the Match award in the second test for taking total 11 wickets in the match.

Taylor is not surprised by Rabada’s appeal as he said, “I’m not surprised South Africa are appealing the suspension because he’s obviously a key player for them. Having taking 11 wickets in the last Test they are going to do everything they can to keep him on the field, but he’s in trouble because he’s already been found guilty. In my mind the contact with Steve Smith in the second Test was avoidable, so that’s why he’s in trouble.”