Kagiso Rabada charged for Steve Smith send-off

  • Kagiso Rabada charged for Steve Smith send-off

Kagiso Rabada charged for Steve Smith send-off

Just at the stroke of stumps, it was Rabada once again made an impact on what will be his final game of the series when he trapped Khawaja LBW restricting Australia to 180 for five at the end of the day.

"He is one of the best players in the world, if not the best", said Saker of de Villiers.

South Africa have been here before with Rabada - particularly after they lost him for a Test in England previous year.

Steve Smith departed amid a collapse of 3-24, with South Africa boasting all the momentum after AB de Villiers' sublime century gave them a first-innings advantage of 139 runs. De Villiers suggested that South Africa's best bet might be to surround their bowler in the aftermath of a wicket.

Rabada failed to fully curb his emotions in the second innings too, giving Aussie vice-captain David Warner a screaming send-off despite having been charged for the incident with Smith.

Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, under threat of a suspension which could rule him out of the rest of the four-Test series, followed up a five-wicket haul in the first innings by taking three of the five wickets South Africa claimed before the close.

Rabada attended a disciplinary hearing at St. George's Park in Port Elizabeth on Sunday and now will wait for the match officials and the International Cricket Council to decide his fate.

"I won't say we're frustrated (with him)", he said. "He's probably been one of the outstanding bowlers of the series so far with his pace and the way he strikes".

Warner was at the center of an aggressive fielding display by the Australians in the first test in Durban, where his verbal battle with South Africa's Quinton de Kock boiled over with an ugly confrontation between the two on a staircase near the dressing rooms.

Crowe read the riot act to both du Plessis and Smith between the first and second Tests, urging the rival captains to improve their teammates' behaviour and play the game in better spirits. Rabada could be next to be punished. "South Africa are very blessed to have him in their team".

De Villiers made batting look outrageously easy but he insisted it was anything but, especially when he approached three figures.

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.

The 22-year-old paceman screamed in delight as he walked in front of Warner, and the ICC have deemed that it could be in breach of their code of conduct.

De Villiers reached his 22nd Test ton prior to lunch, ending a barren run that stretched back to a knock of 148 against West Indies at Cape Town over three years ago. As a fast bowler, you want to prove things to people and show everyone that you belong on this stage.

The Proteas resumed at 7-263 on day three, with de Villiers unbeaten on 74 and their lead just 20 runs.