The heat moments and controversies in the ongoing Test series between the hosts South Africa and Australia are not seeming to be end soon. While the first Test watched the Warner-de Kock off-field verbal fights along with the on-field warm sledging and Lyon’s unsportsmanship celebration, South African pacer Kagiso Rabada began another chapter on the opening day of the second Test.
On the day 1 of the second Test at Port Elizabeth, after dismissing Australian skipper Steven Smith for 25 runs, Kagiso Rabada had a very questionable celebration. After making a huge roar on the front of Smith, Rabada made shoulder contact against him.
As a result, umpires showed their disappointments and informed that Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis.
When Smith was asked if Rabada would be suspended for the next matches or not, Smith said, “We’ve seen so many different things of late. Some guys get banned for one thing, other guys getting away with it. You really just never know. It’s a difficult one to call.”
Rabada fellow teammate Vernon Philander doesn’t think that Rabada will be send off for this reason. He said, “I don’t even recall there being a send-off. We are probably allowed to celebrate. Sometimes there is a fine line whether to celebrate too hard. It’s all up to the umpires and the ICC (International Cricket Council) match officials to make that call.”
Philander also said that it will be the huge set back if Rabada faced suspensions. Philander said, “He would leave a massive hole, he’s a big part of this bowling line up. Let’s hope that’s not the case.”
Rabada (5/96) took five wickets on the first day of the second Test as Australia was bundled out for 243 runs in their first innings.
Talking about the first Test, David Warner, Quinton de Kock and Nathan Lyon all faced fine for their misbehaviours.
When Lyon was asked about the match officials and their reporting of on-pitch incidents, he replied, “I’ve got a lot of faith and a lot of respect for the umpires and the match referees. [I’ve] no doubt they can deal with all that stuff, they did last week. I’ve got full respect for those guys and no doubt they’ll make the decision they think is worthy.”