Rabada back as No. 1 Test bowler after 11-wicket haul

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Kagiso Rabada tore through Australia in another spell of furious fast-bowling on Monday to put South Africa level in the series in what could be his final act of the series.

The incident involving Rabada took place in second Test between South Africa and Australia when during celebrations, after dismissing Steve Smith, the bowler made physical contact with the Australian captain.

After almost two full Test matches Australia's bowlers finally found a way to get out AB de Villiers, but from the moment Mitchell Marsh dropped a sitter from Aiden Markram off the bowling of Josh Hazlewood, it was clear the visitors were never a hope of defending the slender target they had set South Africa to win.

A day after the ICC slapped Kagiso Rabada with a two-Test ban, cricket's governing body has vaulted the paceman back to the top spot on the Test bowlers' rankings.

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 fined 50% of his match fee and docked three demerit points. South Africa great Allan Donald only had three 10-wicket hauls in his 72-test career. They called me Braveheart, etc etc. With Virat Kohli not having received even an extended eyebrow raise for the way in which he walked up to South African batsmen and had words with them when they went out in the recent series against South Africa, this is all starting to feel a little one-sided for the home team.

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

"I've let myself down and let the team down", Rabada said.

Du Plessis argued Test cricket is becoming too sanitised.

He was also charged separately for a Level 1 offence for giving a sendoff to Warner in the second innings, and he accepted that charge. Australia can not take any chances that their shoddy batsmen will have to face Rabada again in the Newlands Test, so they have already been working on a number of further charges to level at KG.

"I would like to open", he said in January but added: "It's a bit tough at the moment because there's two very good bowlers in those roles". Anticipating the ban, he said, "I would have loved to be playing in the next game, especially coming off a performance like that". There are two matches are still in hand and to win the series both teams will try with their best.

"If I do get banned, I will have to see it as a big learning curve and not repeat the same mistake".

Rabada finished with match figures of 11 for 150, and he became just the third South African to achieve a ten-wicket Test haul on at least four occasions. "That's not our problem, I'll let SA deal with that one".

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