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Kagiso Rabada back at No 1 on the ICC rankings!

15 March 2018

He was speaking after a man of the match performance in South Africa's six-wicket win in the second Test against Australia, but before the verdict from the International Cricket Council was announced.

However, South Africa's worries going into the next two Tests centre mostly around Rabada who has been suspended and ruled out of the remainder of the series for "inappropriate and deliberate contact" with Australia captain Steve Smith. Overall, however, Australia remain ever so slightly more likely to close out the win - they are 3/1 to claim a 2-1 series scoreline, and 11/4 for 3-1, compared to 5/1 and 8/1 for South Africa to secure the opposite result.

A dramatic few days for Kagiso Rabada has culminated in the South Africa seamer returning to the top of the bowling ICC Test Player Rankings. Rabada contested the charge, but was found guilty and slapped with a 50% match fee fine along with three demerit points.

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A day after the ban, Pietersen took to his official Twitter account to slam ICC's decision and said he was happy to not be playing Test cricket in the current scenario. They called me Braveheart, etc etc.

"I didn't feel any contact at all".

The Australia all-rounder was fined 20% of his match fee and handed one demerit point for a level one offence of "using language or gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting".

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According to both the Australianand Channel 9 , South Africa's batsmen complained to umpires about taping on Warner's left hand. She was the target of vile abuse by South African cricket fans over the weekend, but Candice Warner is keeping her head up.

Holding has called on umpires to start using the "red and yellow card" system introduced by the International Cricket Council late past year in a bid to clean up the game following a series in South Africa which has given the sport a black eye.

Kagiso Rabada at 1.91m is clearly causing David Warner at 1.70m short-man syndrome, which goes against the spirit of the game. In comparison, Dale Steyn has five 10-wicket hauls but in 86 test matches. As the match referee mentioned, there are bigger things at play here, that's why he didn't ban Davey Warner and make it a level three offence because it's a series between two big teams. De Villiers' scores of 126* and 28 in the second Test have pushed him five places up and back into the top ten of the batsmen's rankings, where he has displaced Pakistan's Azhar Ali at No. 7. "I don't know what is going to happen to him after this Test but if he is around for the next Test match I think he would have learnt from his mistakes", said de Villiers.

But SA are considering making a last-gasp legal attempt to try to keep the fast bowler in their XI for the third Test at Newlands in Cape Town, starting on March 22. I just think that has changed so much over the previous year or two that you are getting a lot more incidents happening now than before.

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It is all so confusing, and divisive, and South Africans may well have some justification for arguing that the Proteas have copped the rough end of the censuring system - ironically against the team in the world with the strongest reputation by far, and for decades, for often incendiary and crude sledging.

Kagiso Rabada back at No 1 on the ICC rankings!