South Africa will look to stalwarts to replace Rabada in third test

The tourists lost Mitchell Marsh (45) in the first over as Rabada uprooted his middle stump before Pat Cummins (5) was well caught in the gully by De Bruyn.

Tim Paine showed great composure with the willow but finished 28 not out, running out of partners while attempting to build a more imposing target.

Rabada accepted a second charge after a send-off of David Warner in the second innings and received a further fine of 15 percent of his match fee and an additional demerit point.

The match referee, Jeff Crowe called the captains and team-managers to a gathering on the evening of the second-Test in an attempt to quiet on the spot. Rabada contested the charge, but was found guilty and slapped with a 50% match fee fine along with three demerit points.

Yet there was no fairytale return either against Zimbabwe in the one-off Boxing Day Test or India in January and only on Sunday did he reach the milestone of a century for the first time in 13 tests.

Hence, when South Africa toured England three months later, the pacer was walking a tight-rope disciplinary wise. But that's where I'm sitting as a player, not as an official.

De Villiers also passed 8,500 Test runs during the innings, the fourth South African after Jacques Kallis, Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla to do that.

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South Africa will announce their squad for the final two Tests later this week, with Chris Morris and Duanne Olivier the likeliest bowlers to be included as cover for Rabada's absence.

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. South Africa's six-wicket victory in the second Test at Port Elizabeth means that this series is destined to go to the wire one way or another.

He was also charged with level 1 offence for his aggressively celebrating the wicket of David Warner on the third day.

After star speedster Kagiso Rabada was handed a two-Test suspension for breaching International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct, Steyn was considered as a potential player to step into the void left by the 22-year-old sensation.

"As I've said, we have no issues with the way the Australian team plays their brand of cricket". Through the majesty of AB de Villiers, South Africa did that easily and levelled the series 1-1. I just think that has changed so much over the a year ago or two that you are getting a lot more incidents happening now than before.

The three-Test series resumes in Cape Town on March 22. De Villiers made a magnificent 126 not out and had good support from the tail as South Africa scored freely before they were all out for 382 shortly before the scheduled lunch break.


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