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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 11 December 2018

More trouble for Kagiso Rabada as South Africa bowler faces charge for David Warner send-off

ICC says paceman charged with Level 1 offence following send-off of Australian opener after he bowled him on Day 3 of second Test at St George’s Park on Sunday

Australia opener David Warner, left, was dismissed by South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada. Marco Longari / AFP
Australia opener David Warner, left, was dismissed by South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada. Marco Longari / AFP

South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, already facing a ban for the remaining two Tests against Australia, was on Monday hit with a new charge in the latest incident of a bad-tempered series.

The International Cricket Council announced that Rabada had been charged with a Level 1 offence following a send-off of David Warner after he bowled the Australia batsman on the third day of the second Test at St George’s Park on Sunday.

Rabada attended a hearing convened by match referee Jeff Crowe on Sunday regarding a Level 2 charge for making shoulder contact with Steve Smith after dismissing the Australia captain on the first day.

Level 1 offences can incur a fine up to 50 per cent of a players’ match fee and one or two demerit points, while a player can be fined up to his full match fee and get three or four demerit points for level two offences.

The result of Sunday’s hearing is expected to be announced later on Monday. If found guilty Rabada could be banned for two Tests because of demerit points that he already has on his record.

Warner himself was involved in an altercation with South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock during the first Test.

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