Rabada takes center stage as Proteas defeat Australia

Australia are 1-0 up in the series

Australia are 1-0 up in the series

Cricket South Africa and Rabada have 48 hours to appeal the ICC's decision over his incident with Smith if they choose to do so.

It was a level-two charge.

It's that simple for de Villiers, who returned to Test cricket late last year after a break of almost two years, and returned to the AB of old with 126 not out against Australia in the second Test on Sunday.

"[Rabada] had the opportunity to avoid the contact‚ and I could not see any evidence to support the argument that the contact was accidental‚" an ICC release quoted match referee Jeff Crowe as saying. Warner was docked 75 per cent of his match fee, while Rabada was fined half of his match payment. "I just think that has changed so much over the a year ago or two that you're getting a lot more incidents happening than before". "I haven't heard today, but before today they were all feeling fine, so hopefully with a good 10-day break they can freshen up a little bit".

The reason why we went for a hearing (on the Smith charge) was because we believe that there's not a lot of consistency.

"It is so hard to always be consistent because there will always be different interpretations".

"It's very basic", de Villiers said when asked what's left.

His highest score was 56 at Durban and he was dismissed cheaply twice in Port Elizabeth.

Du Plessis understands Rabada's emotional approach to the game and even offered sympathy for the big-brother approach the broadcasters now take.

"There is motivation. It's a big series against Australia".

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"Because he wants him to play the rest of the series". "I won't change the way I express myself but I just will get far away from the batter", he said.

Now‚ with nine points gathered in five skirmishes with the match referee since February last year‚ Rabada is officially global cricket's worst behaved player.

Du Plessis was not very impressed with the demerit system, saying it was doing test cricket no favours.

But Rabada's disciplinary record is a problem which South Africa needs to deal with if it's not going to lose him regularly to bans. "Otherwise you could just put a bowling machine and a robot to bat", he said.

"We haven't got a hundred so far in this series, so that's not ideal", Smith told Australian radio station SEN.

But again it was Rabada who grabbed the attention on day four both on and off the field.

A first Test century in three years for AB de Villiers brought great delight to South Africa's talismanic batsman, whose unbeaten 126 yesterday helped his side into a strong position to win the second Test and tie the four-match series.

"The charge against KG is a level 2 with three demerit points, and the charge against Davey is a level two with three demerit points".

Kagiso Rabada finished with 11 wickets in the match as South Africa beat Australia by six wickets in the second Test on Monday to level the four-match series.

But the fiery Rabada's conduct throughout the second Test in Port Elizabeth earned him two conduct breaches, and now he could be banned for the final two matches. PUNISHMENT: Fined 20 per cent of match fee and given one demerit point. Every single incident is on camera.it's Test cricket.

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