Raging Rabada doubles down with Warner send-off

Raging Rabada doubles down with Warner send-off

Raging Rabada doubles down with Warner send-off

Usman Khawaja scored 75 runs to lead an Australia fightback on the third day of the second test against South Africa at St George's Park, but succumbed just before close of play after seeing the tourists cancel out a first innings deficit.

The South African stroke maker said he was determined to show he is still cut out for Test cricket following his sensational century on Sunday's day three against Australia in Port Elizabeth.

South Africa have been here before with Rabada - particularly after they lost him for a Test in England a year ago. Only Shane Bond has a better Test strike-rate in the last 100 years of Test cricket, and Rabada already has 45 more wickets than the New Zealander managed in his entire career.

Nobody seems to want this series as much as de Villiers, who took most of 2017 off from the Test game to recharge his batteries for contests against India and Australia.

But the repeat offender now appears certain to miss the rest of the four-Test series, having antagonised David Warner with another hostile celebration that is likely to result in a separate charge.

After bowling Mitchell Marsh for 45, which set up an Australian collapse to 239 all out - which means the Proteas need just 101 for victory in the second Test - Marsh swore at the bowler in his follow-through.

Vernon Philander (36) and Maharaj (30) helped De Villiers add 84 for the eighth wicket and 58 for the ninth wicket as South Africa dominated a sunny morning.

South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada was charged for bumping his shoulder into Steve Smith when he dismissed the Australia captain on the first day of the match.

Cricket is a competitive game, and sledging will naturally occur when two sides are going at it, especially when two sides as competitive as Australia and South Africa are involved. Rabada claimed five wickets for 96 to bundle out Australia for 243 in the first innings.

Quinton de Kock fell victim to a sensational delivery from Nathan Lyon that turned sharply and reared off the deck, beating the outside edge and kissing the top of off stump.

Rabada followed up South Africa's success with the bat to take 3-38 and improve his match haul to eight wickets, but he also put himself in the sights of the match officials for the second time this test. The 22-year-old is one of the best bowlers in the world but his white line fever is cause for concern. He returned to tests late past year.

"It felt like 10 out of 10 to get my hundred, it was right up there with one of my best, and I was very nervous in the 90s".

The Proteas resumed at 7-263 on day three, with de Villiers unbeaten on 74 and their lead just 20 runs.

Don't get me wrong, there is a tinge of poor form from the South African fans makingmasks of SBW to taunt Warner, but it would be little different to how Australian fans welcome visiting teams.

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