Kagiso Rabada suspended for two Tests, to miss remainder of Australia series

Kagiso Rabada dismissed Steve Smith and the Marsh brothers in quick succession

Kagiso Rabada dismissed Steve Smith and the Marsh brothers in quick succession

Perhaps the image of Faf Du Plessis in a towel distracted everyone's gaze from Rabada looming like a night club bouncer trying to approach and intimidate the 170 cm angry dwarf that is Warner, who at that time did not require the intervention of the opposing players as it was his own teammates who were restraining him.

It was the third time in four innings that Smith, the No1 Test batsman in the world, had fallen to left-arm spin, twice to Maharaj and once to part-timer Dean Elgar. It's a big series, there is a lot to play for.

Reports in Spain have suggested Neymar wants a return to Barca, which players including Ivan Rakitic and Coutinho have welcomed.But coach Ernesto Valverde played down the speculation, describing it as a "fantasy". I said to him last night I'm just really pleased to see that he is walking the talk.

Rabada's problem is that he had five carry-over points from past indiscretions, while Warner had a clean sheet.

"We don't know where it's come from or where it's going to end", he said.A Neymar return would upset the balance of the team which Valverde has found to keep Barcelona unbeaten in 28 La Liga games.

"He (Rabada) has to show that passion, otherwise you can just put a bowling machine and robot to bat".

Sutherland said he supported the sanctions and commended match referee Jeff Crowe for his handling of the "difficult situation"."CA has reminded the team of the standards of behaviour expected of players representing Australia", he said, pointing to the ICC Code of Conduct and the need to play within the laws and spirit of the game.

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Smith expressed similar sentiments about the Proteas, but noted the ICC had recently tried to crackdown on send-offs and "ensure that things look sportsmanlike out on the field". "It is also disappointing that this has happened the day after the pre-match meeting I had with both teams, where the importance of respect for opponents was highlighted". "It is important that you switch off.", he said. De Villiers' century, set up on Day 2 and completed on Day 3, took South Africa to a position of control.

Rabada received a further 15 percent deduction of his match fee and an additional demerit point.

Nathan Lyon dismissed de Villiers for 28, reducing South Africa to 81-4, but the visitors didn't have enough runs to play with and the Proteas got home.

Rabada earned three points for making physical contact with Steve Smith on day one, while he copped one point for screaming in the face of David Warner during a send-off on day three.

The 22-year-old Rabada, who took 11 wickets to help South Africa level the series 1-1, was fined 50 percent of his match fee and given three demerit points, which took him past the tally of eight that triggers an automatic suspension.

That cost Marsh 20 per cent of his match fee, and he was damn lucky he didn't cop a whole heap more for his stupidity.

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