Marcha 23, 2018

Rabada faces more strife after De Villiers ton leaves Australia in trouble

12 Marcha 2018, 06:38 | Gerardo Tarin

Rabada spell demolishes Oz

Proteas players celebrate after Kagiso Rabada took the wicket of Australia’s Mitchell Starch

For the second time in four days, South Africa paceman Kagiso Rabada found himself in a soup on disciplinary grounds with the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirming on Monday that the pacer has been reported for a new level one offence.

Australia will take a 41-run lead into the fourth day after ending Sunday at 180 for five.

The West Australian then doubled down with a second LBW, this time of Theunis de Bruyn, to have two wickets in two overs.

Trailing by 139 runs, Australia started their second innings cautiously scoring eight runs off the first five overs.

"We didn't ask enough questions around the off stump for a while but once we did again, we got the reward", said South Africa's AB de Villiers after the close. It is far better to appreciate a batsman who has lost none of his mercurial abilities and who will sit alongside the legends of the game when he does indeed call time on his glorious career.

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De Villiers reached his century soon after with an audacious shot over the slips as he was joined by Maharaj, who swatted at the Australian bowling to score 30 off 24 balls before he was bowled by Josh Hazlewood.

But Rabada, with a two-Test suspension hanging over his head, was bowling like a man possessed and when he clipped Warner's off stump he screamed in celebration in front of the batsman's face, another moment in the series that could see the 22-year-old in hot water with the match referee.

It was a near-identical replay to the spray he gave Smith, but on this occasion he didn't brush the batsman's shoulder.

"It'd be handy for us not to have to face him", Saker said. Tall, handsome and with an action so athletic and aesthetic, it is as if Kagiso Rabada was engineered in a government laboratory whose sole goal is to create the ideal fast bowler.

Rabada earned as many as nine demerit points, which earned him the ban.

In an increasingly acrimonious series during which Warner, Australia spinner Nathan Lyon and South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock have also been punished by the ICC, Mitchell Marsh was added to that list on Monday.

However, Australia started their first innings with Bancroft and Warner. Rabada could be next to be punished.

It is indeed insane to think that he is spearheading South Africa's pace attack at the age of 22 and already has 124 Test wickets in his kitty.

He hit 20 fours and a six in a 146-ball innings.

De Villiers made batting look outrageously easy but he insisted it was anything but, especially when he approached three figures. It was his 22nd Test century and first since returning from his sabbatical. "I've been through quite a lot getting to this moment and I've worked very hard, so I feel very chuffed", said the 34-year-old. "I was very motivated to prove to everyone that I can still play the game". It might not have showed, but I was telling Vernon (Philander) out there that I was struggling to breathe.

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