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South Africa bowler Kagiso Rabada banned for final Test against England

South Africa bowler Kagiso Rabada banned for final Test against England
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The fast bowler's celebration for getting Joe Root out takes him over the demerit threshold.

South Africa paceman Kagiso Rabada will miss the decisive fourth Test against England after his celebration of Joe Root's wicket in Port Elizabeth fell foul of the match referee.

Rabada charged down the wicket after clean bowling the England captain on day one of the third Test, stopping just in front of him as he pumped his fists and shouted in celebration.

Rabada gets one to stay low and it cannons into Root's off stump! Big wicket for South Africa and England are 148-4.

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That drew the attention of Zimbabwean official Andy Pycroft, who charged the bowler with a level one breach of the International Cricket Council's disciplinary code relating 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".

Rabada was fined 15 per cent of his match fee but more importantly picked up a demerit point – taking his tally to the threshold of four in a two-year period.

The bowler accepted the charge and will now miss out on next week's clash at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

He committed three similar offences in 2018, penalised for his reactions to India's Shikhar Dhawan and Australian pair David Warner and Steve Smith.

England v Australia – First Test – Day One – 2019 Ashes Series – Edgbaston
Australia's David Warner (left) and Steve Smith have also been on the end of an overzealous Rabada celebration (PA)

The latter incident was initially deemed to be more serious, with Rabada found guilty of making deliberate and inappropriate physical contact with the then Australia captain.

He successfully overturned that verdict on appeal, instead charged with a lesser offence, but was left on a disciplinary tightrope that meant his next breach would lead to suspension.

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