Star bowler Rabada banned for rest of SA-Australia series

AB stars, South Africa claim 139-run lead

This is also the fourth time Rabada has picked 10 or more wickets in a Test but South Africa will miss his services in the next two Tests after he was suspended by the International Cricket Council for breach of conduct.

It's the second disciplinary charge for Rabada in the match after he was reported for a more serious level two offense for bumping into Australia captain Steve Smith in the first innings.

Rabada, 22, already had five demerit points on his disciplinary record and earned three more for "inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with a player" following his clash with Smith.

With the three demerit points, he has now accumulated eight demerit points within a two year period which results to a two match suspension. "It's going to have to stop", he said.

"I found that there was contact between Rabada and Smith‚ and in my judgment the contact by Rabada was inappropriate and deliberate‚" the ICC media release quoted match referee Jeff Crowe as saying. "If I knew I did it deliberately, I wouldn't have gone to contest", Rabada said.

"Luckily for him he's never sort of crossed that line, but I think it's because we get to him".

Du Plessis reveled in an "incredible" Test match victory for South Africa which showed the "huge character and pride in our team", best epitomised by Rabada, send-offs excluded.

It took only 85 minutes for the South African bowlers to dismiss the Australians.

Warner committed a level-two offence in the first Test. "I was just so pumped up".

Thing is‚ Rabada has played only 28 tests.

"I was just exhausted of playing".

South Africa won by six wickets, with Rabada finishing with figures of 11/150.

It's early days yet in Rabada's career but in all the 2 298 tests played‚ only Sydney Barnes‚ Clarrie Grimmett and Muttiah Muralitharan have taken a higher percentage of 10-fers measured against matches played. With Dale Steyn also out of contention for Newlands because he has not played the required franchise first-class game, Morne Morkel should slot back in to say farewell to Cape Town, in his final series.

In an increasingly acrimonious series during which Warner, Australia spinner Nathan Lyon and South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock have also been punished by the ICC, Mitchell Marsh was added to that list on Monday.

Even though Australia managed to remove both the batsmen, it was a matter of time before they completed the chase in 22.5 overs with six wickets in hand.

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