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South Africa captain Faf du Plessis expressed his frustrations after pace bowler Kagiso Rabada was banned for the remainder of the ongoing Test series against Australia.
Rabada was suspended for the last two Tests in relation to two separate incidents that occurred during the second Test in Port Elizabeth.
The first incident saw the 22-year-old make shoulder-to-shoulder contact with Australia skipper Steve Smith, while the second was for his celebration after dismissing opening batsman and vice-captain David Warner.
As a result of the incidents, Rabada was fined 65 percent of his match fee and handed four demerit points.
Prior to the second Test, Rabada was just one demerit point away from being suspended.
Given that Rabada took 11 wickets in the second Test and is an instrumental part of the Test team, Cricket South Africa are seeking legal advice over whether they should lodge an appeal.
Sharing his view on the matter, Du Plessis was quoted by foxsports.com.au as saying: “For me, the way KG plays the game, he is a competitive fast bowler. He works bloody hard. He runs in and bowls quick for a long periods of time.
“So, when he gets big wickets, that’s a celebration, that’s energy, that’s passion. For me, it’s pure passion.
“Obviously these days the attention has focused on what is allowed, what is not allowed, I just think that has changed so much over a year or two. Two or three years ago, that was the norm.
“I think we’re going on the sensitive side with everything at the moment. Every single incident is on camera… it’s Test cricket.”
Du Plessis added that he is concerned Test cricket will be nothing more than a “bowling machine out there and a robot to bat” if the International Cricket Council (ICC) continue to penalise players for wearing their hearts on their sleeves.
“As I’ve said, we have no issues with the way the Australian team plays their brand of cricket. It’s good for the game of Test cricket,” Du Plessis said. “People talk about where Test cricket is going. For me, the small battles are important.
“It’s about KG running in for 15 overs trying to get someone out and when he does, he has to show some sort of passion. Otherwise you can just put a bowling machine out there and a robot to bat.”