Banned Rabada tops Test rank­ings

New Straits Times - - SPORT -

CAPE TOWN: Banned South African pace­man Kag­iso Rabada has gone top of Test cricket’s bowl­ing rank­ings a day af­ter he was sus­pended from the rest of their se­ries against Aus­tralia.

Rabada was banned for two Test matches for shoul­der-charg­ing Aus­tralia cap­tain Steve Smith hours af­ter be­ing named man of the match in his team’s six-wicket win against Aus­tralia in the sec­ond Test in Port El­iz­a­beth.

Rabada put in a match-win­ning per­for­mance as South Africa lev­elled the four­match se­ries 1-1 and it was the 22-yearold’s 11 wick­ets that pro­pelled him back to the top of the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC) rank­ings of Test bowlers.

He will not be able to build im­me­di­ately on that dis­play, how­ever, af­ter he was found guilty of a level two ICC code of con­duct of­fence of “in­ap­pro­pri­ate and de­lib­er­ate phys­i­cal con­tact with a player.”

He was fined 50 per­cent of his match fee and given three de­merit points, which took him past the tally of eight that trig­gers an au­to­matic sus­pen­sion.

He goes top of the bowlers’ rank­ings for a sec­ond time in his fledg­ling ca­reer, dis­plac­ing Eng­land’s James An­der­son, who drops down to sec­ond place.

Rabada has 902 points to An­der­son’s 887 with Ravin­dra Jadeja of In­dia third on 844.

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