While Kagiso Rabada awaits the ruling on the Level 2 charge against him – for having brushed Australian captain Steven Smith in the shoulder – he has been hit by another charge: a Level 1 offence for the send-off he gave David Warner in the second innings in Port Elizabeth. Rabada is currently on five demerit points and could earn three more if found guilty of the Level 2 charge, which would see him banned for the next two Tests. He has yet to respond to the Level 1 charge.
If found guilty of both offences, Rabada’s total demerit points will amount to at least nine, which means he will be on the threshold of 12 points. Twelve demerit points equate to six suspension points and could see him miss at least three Test matches.
Three of the points he currently has will remain on his record until January 2019, having first been sanctioned in January 2017. Since then, he has developed a growing rap sheet, picking up another in July 2017, and one more last month. Each demerit point remains on his record for 24 months.
Australia allrounder Mitchell Marsh, meanwhile, added to the growing list of this series’ unsavoury moments when television cameras captured his verbal riposte to Rabada after he was bowled on the fourth morning in Port Elizabeth. In the first over of the day, Marsh was comprehensively bowled by a ball that sliced between his bat and pad, and, as Rabada ran past in celebration, the Australian was seen mouthing the words “f*** you c***” while turning his head towards the bowler.
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