Town - Australian captain Steve Smith
says he wants Proteas speedster Kagiso
Rabada to play in the remainder of the Test series.
That won't happen, though, as
Rabada was on Monday suspended for two Test matches after the ICC punished him
for his animated send-offs of Smith and opener David Warner in the second Test
in Port Elizabeth.
Given his prior disciplinary
issues, Rabada has now accumulated eight demerit points in a 24-month period
and his punishment is to watch from the sidelines as the Proteas look to secure
a famous series win.
Having taken staggering match
figures of 11/150 in PE, Rabada's
absence in Cape Town and Johannesburg will certainly work in Australia's
But, when speaking to media after
his side had lost by six wickets on Monday, Smith said he would rather have
Rabada in the Proteas line-up.
"He's a world class bowler
and you always want to come up against the best, that's for sure," Smith
"He's right up there. He's
unbelievable the way he's been bowling.
"If he's there, he's there
... if he's not, he's not. It's our job to try and play some better
Smith added that he had not
"baited" Rabada into bumping shoulders with him, but he did question
why the 22-year-old was so fired up.
"I think it's something that
the ICC has been trying to crack down on for some time in just trying to ensure
that things look sportsmanlike out on the field," Smith said of Rabada's
"It's probably the time they
don't need to celebrate as much. They've just got your wicket and you're on
your way, so it's a time to just chill out and be happy that it's done.
"Sometimes guys are going to
go over the top and get done for it, but it's just about trying to stay in the
Smith was particularly pleased
with his own side's discipline in PE.
"I thought we behaved really
well in this game. I don't think we've got any indiscretions as far as I know.
We played in really good spirit, we battled hard, played good cricket and
nobody over-stepped the line, which is pleasing," he said.
Smith was obviously unaware of
the level 1 charge accepted by allrounder Mitchell Marsh, who had uttered a few
choice words Rabada's way on Monday.
"I think that both sides
have given a fair amount at times, and if you give it you've got to be willing
to cop it as well. That's part of playing international sport," Smith
The third Test gets underway in
Cape Town on March 22.