Kevin Pietersen slams ICC's decision to ban Kagiso Rabada Kicker

by Garry Watts March 15, 2018, 1:58
Kevin Pietersen slams ICC's decision to ban Kagiso Rabada Kicker

Rabada reclaimed top spot on the ICC's test bowling charts after claiming 11-150 in Port Elizabeth, a man-of-the-match effort that included a stack of key wickets at clutch moments.

Rabada was suspended for the last two Tests in relation to two separate incidents that occurred during the second Test in Port Elizabeth.

After being found guilty of making contact with Australia captain Steve Smith and being overzealous in his send-off of David Warner in the second Test, he now has nine demerit points, triggering an automatic two-game suspension.

Rabada was also fined 50 percent of his match fee and issued three demerit points after a disciplinary hearing following his denial of the charge.

The second Test match between South Africa and Australia got the best out of Kagiso Rabada who literally bamboozled the visitors on his own. But with bat, this time Australia could not get success but scored only 243 runs. He has been sanctioned three times previously for over-the-top celebrations when taking a wicket. For me, it's pure passion.

Cape Town - I think we can safely call it "official" ... cricket is now a full subscriber to the soulless world some would wish us to inhabit, where stiff political correctness, pious indignation and insipid self-righteousness just about eclipse excellence in the middle. Two or three years ago, that was the norm.

"So, I would assume if it was a normal situation, you could say that the contact was very, very minimal". Did you see that?' It's Test cricket.

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Holding has called on umpires to start using the "red and yellow card" system introduced by the International Cricket Council late previous year in a bid to clean up the game following a series in South Africa which has given the sport a black eye.

Rabada is one of the most popular cricketers in South Africa, mainly for his major talent but also because he is a young black player in a sport focusing on bringing black players through to the national team to erase the legacy of apartheid.

"If you look at both those incidents, one is brushing a shirt and the other one is a lot more aggressive", du Plessis said.

I'm in the camp of the at least partially neutral Kevin Pietersen: "It's Test cricket". This, for me, is an important part of Test cricket - the battles that you face. De Villiers' scores of 126* and 28 in the second Test have pushed him five places up and back into the top ten of the batsmen's rankings, where he has displaced Pakistan's Azhar Ali at No. 7. Rabada entered this series with an ominous two-Test ban hanging over his head.

Plenty of very decent bowlers never even took a 10-wicket haul in a Test match.

"If I do get banned I will have to see it as a big learning curve and not repeat the same mistake because I've repeated the same mistake in the eyes of the umpires".

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