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South Africa pace bowler Kagiso Rabada has been suspended for the second Test against England after he verbally abused Ben Stokes.
Upon getting Stokes out for 56, Rabada was heard saying “f**k off”, which led to the International Cricket Council (ICC) fining him 15 per cent of his match fee and giving him one demerit point.
Since he was given three demerit points for his altercation with Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella in February, Rabada now has four demerit points to his name and has been suspended for one Test.
An ICC statement said: “During the opening day’s play in the Lord’s Test against England on Thursday, Rabada was found guilty of breaching article 2.1.7 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Player and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an International Match.
“Thursday’s incident related to Rabada using inappropriate language after dismissing England batsman Ben Stokes, which were audible over the stump microphones and also resulted in the batsman to turn before walking off the field.”
In the ongoing first Test at Lord’s, Rabada took three wickets in the first innings and finished unbeaten on nine at the end of the second day on Friday.