South Africa paceman Kagiso Rabada has been banned for the fourth and final Test against England following his celebration of Joe Root’s dismissal on the first day of the third Test at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Thursday.
The seamer burst out in excited celebration, going on to brush against the England captain’s shoulder, after knocking his stumps over with Root on 27. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has given him one demerit point, which means he now has four in a two-year period, resulting in the one-match ban.
The series is currently even at 1-1 after the tourists levelled the four-match series at the back of a scintillating 189-runs victory in the second Test at Newlands, Cape Town. The final Test takes place at the Imperial Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg from January 24. This is the second time that Rabada has been banned for an accumulation of demerit points. The first in 2017 when he missed the second Test at Trent Bridge in South Africa’s then-tour of England.