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Vernon Philander’s controversial tweet re-open the heat moment of Rabada-Smith clash
By Sandy - Mar 15, 2018 10:47 am
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The heat moments of the ongoing four-match Test series between the hosts South Africa and Australia is not likely to end soon. While the first Test observed a lot of controversies including Warner-de Kock off-field verbal fights, Kagiso Rabada was in the top in the second Test controversies by conducting a shoulder contact. Now, another South African pacer Vernon Philander has made an interesting situation.

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Kagiso Rabada gave a harsh send-off to Steve Smith

On the day one of the second Test at Port Elizabeth, South African pacer Kagiso Rabada was on fire with the ball. After dismissing Australian skipper Steven Smith, Rabada made a huge roar on the front of Smith and then made a shoulder contact against him.

Also read: Mitchell Starc Hails Kagiso Rabada’s Performance

It was levelled poor by match officials as Rabada was charged in level 2 with three demerit points.

Recently, a controversial tweet from Vernon Philander brings the heated moment again on the Rabada-Smith incident.

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Vernon Philander

On his official Twitter account, Philander had posted a video of that clash incident and wrote, “Haven’t really seen the footage of this incident but by the looks of this … Steve Smith gave KG (Rabada) the shoulder. He could have avoided any contact but to me he is just as guilty. Trying some football skills to get a penalty??? Pity he didn’t dive to top it off.”

However, later, the tweet was deleted and Philander has claimed that his Twitter account was hacked. With his new tweet, Philander claimed, “Good morning all my tweeps. Waking up this morning to alot of twitter craziness as my acc got hacked and someone posted a nice little article on my behalf. Sorry for all the drama or entertainment caused by the looks of it. Have a great day all.”  

Rabada added one more demerit point after giving a bossy send-off to Australian opener David Warner.

With the nine demerit points (adding earlier demerit points too) on his account, Rabada has been suspended for the next two Test matches of this series.

Also read: Brad Haddin Points Out The Benefits Of Kagiso Rabada’s Absence

The ongoing four-match Test series is currently level with the 1-1 margin after the second Test. South Africa will miss Rabada for the next two important matches.

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