Posted: 26 November, 2016
by Cricket Newsroom
Kyle Abbott Reveals The Reason Rabada Gave Nic Maddinson A Huge Send Off
South African paceman Kyle Abbott has revealed the reason fellow quick Kagiso Rabada gave Aussie batsman Nic Maddinson an epic send off at Adelaide Oval yesterday.
Rabada’s demonstrative reaction seemed a bit over the top given he’d just bowled a debutant for a duck, but as Abbott explained to reporters there was nothing personal in it.
Abbott — who’d bowled 11 balls to Maddinson — told reporters that Rabada had asked him if he should bowl a full, fast delivery.
"He asked me whether or not if he should and I actually said no, to be honest, because we were sitting on him pretty well," Abbott said.
"I think we had bowled 12 or 13 balls where we bowled pretty wide of his off stump.”
But Rabada brushed off Abbott’s advice on a hunch and bowled a 144kph lightning bolt that cannoned into Maddinson’s middle stump, sending it cartwheeling.
"He (Rabada) had a gut feel and he ran with it,” Abbot said.
“When something like that happens, it's quite a cool feeling."