Published: Tue, March 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Having Rabada in third Test massive, says Elgar

Having Rabada in third Test massive, says Elgar

"We as players are trying to isolate ourselves away from that situation", Elgar said. Good sign for Proteas is AB de Villers form, who played magnificent 126 not out in the previous test.

With Dale Steyn also unavailable as he continues his rehabilitation, in the probability of Rabada missing the final two games, it will be Morris, Olivier, Morne Morkel and uncapped Wiaan Mulder, who will be competing to take the place of the 22-year-old for the third Test that kicks-off on 22nd March in Cape Town.

Vernon Philander's original tweet claimed that Smith "gave KG the shoulder" and "could have avoided any contact".

Proteas opener Dean Elgar certainly admits losing Rabada would be "massive" on so many levels, but ultimately the fast bowler's fate is not in the team's control. "I think he'll take it in his stride".

After unsuccessfully challenging the ruling by ICC match referee Jeff Crowe, Rabada was fined 50 per cent of his match fee, handed three demerit points, and was handed the ban after the points took him above the suspension threshold.

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"Having him in the side is massive for us". Elgar does not expect the intensity in what has been an acrimonious series to drop off, especially after a social media comment by South African seamer Vernon Philander suggested Smith was equally at fault for the incident.

It was these sorts of contributions - and even bigger - that Elgar consistently produced in 2017, when he finished as the world's third-highest Test run-scorer with 1 128 at an average of 53.71.

The four-Test series is now level 1-1 after Australia won the first game in Durban by 118 runs and South Africa fought back to level the series in Port Elizabeth with their six-wicket win. He's quite a relaxed human being‚ but on the field he's as competitive as anyone else. Australia's tour has been marred by altercations on and off the field.

London:Former Australian captain and Cricket Australia director Mark Taylor believes that both South Africa and Australia are equally responsible for the negativity that surrounds the on-going Test series, where the first player to be suspended between both sides has been fast bowler Kagiso Rabada. Having taking 11 wickets in the last Test they are going to do everything they can to keep him on the field, but he's in trouble because he's already been found guilty.

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