Live Mint – Kagiso Rabada won a match but has lost his place in the side.


  • Photo: ReutersBanned for two Tests by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after accumulating nine demerit points, Kagiso Rabada’s absence hurts not just him, but his team, in the ongoing series against Australia, so tantalizingly poised after the South Africans drew level 1-1 at Port Elizabeth.
  • Further mining of data shows that Rabada has taken 10 or more wickets in a Test four times in his short career.
  • In the recent case involving Rabada, for instance, the South Africans are clearly unhappy with the two-match ban and want to contest it in the days leading up to the third Test, as Faf du Plessis indicated in his post-match observations.
  • “The charge against KG (Rabada) is a Level 2 with 3 demerit points,” he said, “and the charge against David Warner is the same.
  • At a wider level, not restricted to Rabada, du Plessis and the current series, the solution is not in ingenious methods or indeed just ICC rules.

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