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Published : Friday, 17 January, 2020 at 4:11 PM  Count : 241

 Kagiso Rabada celebrates Joe Root's wicket... a bit too much for his own good, as it turned out. | AFP

Kagiso Rabada celebrates Joe Root's wicket... a bit too much for his own good, as it turned out. | AFP

Kagiso Rabada is set to miss the Wanderers Test against England after being handed a 15% fine and a demerit point - taking his tally to four in the last 24 months - for a breach of the ICC Code of Conduct during his celebration of Joe Root's dismissal in Port Elizabeth.

The news was confirmed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday.

Rabada has also been fined 15% of his match fee having been "found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel during the first day of the third Test match against England in Port Elizabeth on Thursday."

The South African bowler was found to have violated Article 2.5 of the ICC code of conduct, which relates to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his or her dismissal during an international match.”

After the day’s play, Rabada admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Andy Pycroft of the ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.

Rabada has now accumulated four demerit points in a 24 month period and as such will miss South Africa’s next Test match.

Rabada's three previous demerit points had come in February and March in 2018, which included his infamous "shoulder bump" with then-Australian captain Steve Smith, also at St George's Park.


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