South African Bowler Suspended For Swearing

Over zealous send off

South African Bowler Suspended For Swearing

South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has been suspended for the second Test against England after swearing at all-rounder Ben Stokes on the first day of the Lord’s Test.

Rabada got Stokes out for 56 early in the last session and then gave the flame-haired Pom a send off and told him to “fuck off”.

His words were picked up by the stump microphones and the on-field umpires reported Rabada to match referee Jeff Crowe, which led a level one charge being laid.

Rabada accepted the charge, leading to him being fined 15% of his match fee and given one demerit point.

However, the 22-year-old already had three points on his record for “inappropriate and deliberate physical contact” with Sri Lanka’s Niroshan Dickwella during an ODI in February, which meant a one match suspension was automatically triggered.

The suspension compounds an already tough Test match for South Africa — England made 458 in the first dig, with the Proteas in strife at 5/214 in reply.