Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Rabada charged with misconduct for 2nd time in test vs. Aus

Rabada charged with misconduct for 2nd time in test vs. Aus

Australia lost three second innings wickets and were still behind an AB de Villiers-inspired South Africa at tea on the third day of the second Test at the St George's Park here Sunday.

Rabada took the first three wickets of the fourth day to improve his match-haul to 11 as Australia was bowled out for 239 in its second innings.

Sunday began with de Villiers making a 22nd test century with his 126 not out taking South Africa to 382 all out for the big lead.

Rabada delivered the breakthrough, trapping Khawaja lbw with a ball that dipped late.

Having chose to take a break from the longest format in 2016, only returning in December 2017, de Villiers admitted he was determined to prove that he was still capable of producing match-defining performances in Test cricket.

He had not scored a ton in his last 13 tests but featured in an 84-run partnership with Vernon Philander (36) for the eighth wicket and further 58 with Keshav Maharaj, who swatted at the Australian bowling to score 30 off 24 balls. "So you know you have to get to him quickly and it's important that some of our players get around KG before he gets close to the batsman", De Villiers said on Sunday.

Having most likely copped all kinds of abuse from the Australians during his near four-hour stint at the crease, one retort from de Kock was enough for Warner and his teammates to insist that the little wicketkeeper had "crossed the line".

Rabada was slapped with a level-two charge for his physical send-off of Australia skipper Steve Smith on day one of the game in Port Elizabeth, with the punishment to be a two-Test ban because the express paceman's rap sheet already boasts five demerit points.

"It'd be handy for us not to have to face him", Saker said.

Quinton de Kock fell victim to a sensational delivery from Nathan Lyon that turned sharply and reared off the deck, beating the outside edge and kissing the top of off stump.

Rabada was the chief destroyer in the Australia first innings with 5-96, including a burst of 5-13 off 18 balls.

Even though Elgar and Amla put on 88 for South Africa for the third wicket, that stand took almost 3 1/2 hours and 278 balls.

But not everyone was outraged by the 22-year-old's outburst.

De Villiers made batting look outrageously easy but he insisted it was anything but, especially when he approached three figures.

"It felt like 10 out of 10 to get my hundred, it was right up there with one of my best, and I was very nervous in the 90s". I don't think it showed but I was telling Vern (Philander) out there 'I'm struggling to breathe here.' My legs literally went numb.

"I just have a lot of sympathy. he's crossed the line a couple of times and I think he's regretting that".

De Villiers has only been dismissed once in this series so far, and that was due to the mid-pitch confusion with Aiden Markram in Durban that saw him run out.

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