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Australia left-arm seamer Mitchell Starc is confident that South Africa pace bowler Kagiso Rabada will learn to control his aggression after he was banned for the remainder of the ongoing Test series between the two nations.
Rabada was banned for the last two Tests for 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, Rabada was fined 65 percent of his match fee and handed four demerit points.
Starc admitted that he can relate to Rabada as he was consistently getting in hot water for his actions during the early stages of his career.
Starc subsequently learned to control his emotions and has no doubt that Rabada will go down the same route.
“He’s only young and made a couple of mistakes,” Starc was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. “He’s a fantastic bowler to watch when he’s in full flight and he’s going to keep taking wickets and keep celebrating.
“What’s he got now, four 10-fors? Dale (Steyn) has got five in a crapload more Test matches. I’m sure he’ll learn going forward that you just can’t get that close to the batter and the umps are going to be on you at all times.
“It’s very much a no-no … which I’ve learnt in the past.”
Australia head coach Darren Lehmann conceded that it is disappointing when an opposition bowler, especially one of Rabada’s calibre, is banned for the remainder of a tightly-contested series.
“It’s never good seeing fantastic bowlers out of series,” he said.
Australia fielding coach Brad Haddin added: “He took it on himself there to get the big wicket of Davey … he really understands how to set up a batsman. For someone so young that’s quite impressive.
“It will be interesting to see how he comes back after that (ban), because he’ll be hurting. This is their big series and now he’s got to sit back and watch what’s going on out there.”