Published: Fri, January 17, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Michael Vaughan lambasts ICC’s decision to ban Kagiso Rabada for one Test

Michael Vaughan lambasts ICC’s decision to ban Kagiso Rabada for one Test

Stokes signalled his intent early in the day, taking on Kagiso Rabada, who it has emerged is banned for the fourth Test by the ICC for his overzealous celebration of Joe Root's wicket on day one.

This is also the second time that Kagiso Rabada has been banned for an accumulation of demerit points.

After bowling Root, Rabada charged down the pitch before celebrating with fists clenched nearly within touching distance of the England captain.

The breach relates to "using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his or her dismissal during an worldwide match". The ICC, on Friday, announced that the right-arm pacer has been docked 15 percent of his match fee in addition to accumulating a demerit point.

Kagiso Rabido has been banned from playing in the next Test match against England at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

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But South Africa came back strongly, dismissing both opening batsmen in similar circumstances and keeping a tight rein on the scoring rate after lunch.

However, former England captain Nasser Hussain defended Rabada. A bowler showed some emotion. "I think we're sanitising the game if we can't have anything like that". The final Test begins on January 24.

Another ex-England skipper Michael Vaughan also backed the South African bowler.

When England captain Joe Root correctly called Du Plessis' toss, it marked the SIXTH consecutive occasion that Du Plessis had been on the wrong end of the flip. Over rates & slow play nothing gets done. Hussain, who is now commentating in the Test series came to Rabada's defence and listed out various reasons like hot weather, flat track, him not getting the new ball and the ecstasy of getting one of the best batsmen out in the manner that he did. The World is bloody nuts.

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