Kagiso Rabada set to miss fourth Test after Joe Root wicket celebration

Kagiso Rabada roars in celebration after bowling Joe Root © Marco Longari/AFP/Getty

Kagiso Rabada will miss the Johannesburg Test after being sanctioned for his celebration following the dismissal of Joe Root on the first day of the Port Elizabeth Test.

Rabada was found guilty of a level one offence. He was fined 15 percent of his match fee and earned one demerit point, taking his total number of active points to four. He has accumulated eight in the course of his career, but four of those have now elapsed.

Rabada was found to have breached article 2.5 of the ICC code of conduct for “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his/her dismissal during an International Match”.

Rabada was particularly animated when he beat Root for pace and bowled him in the evening session on day one. In his follow-through, Rabada advanced close to Root, who was walking off, and screamed at him and the stumps. Rabada was quickly swamped by team-mates Rassie van der Dussen and Pieter Malan before the rest of the team surrounded him.

After play, South Africa’s bowling coach Charl Langeveldt said he had asked Rabada to “control your aggression”, because he is “always looking for a scrap”.

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Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent

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