Kagiso Rabada could face a ban following his fiery send-off to Chris Lynn in the Adelaide ODI on Friday against Australia which the hosts won by seven runs to level the three-match series 1-1.
The incident occurred in the 27th over of the Australian innings. Rabada was bowling to Lynn who was batting on 26 at that time. The first ball was blasted over wide long off for a flat six, the second ball was thumped to long on for a four and Lynn followed it up with a cracking cut to deep backward point and a pulled four to deep midwicket.
However, on the fifth ball, Rabada had his revenge as he bowled a bouncer on leg stump to which Lynn attempted the pull but the ball brushed his glove and Quinton de Kock took a leaping catch. As Rabada celebrated, he mouthed a word or two towards Lynn.
Australia snapped a seven-match losing streak in ODIs, their worst-ever in history to stay alive in the series. The final match will be played in Hobart on November 11.
Rabada on shaky ground
The decision to sanction Rabada under the ICC Code of Conduct now rests with match referee Jeff Crowe. The South African pacer has already accumulated seven demerit points and one more point will result in an automatic four-match ODI ban or two-Test ban, whichever comes earlier.
The South African pacer had already once crossed the eight point threshold during the controversial Test series against Australia. In Port Elizabeth, Rabada, who was then on five demerit points, was handed three demerit points for shoulder-barging the-then skipper Steve Smith. However, on appeal, it was reduced to one point. The pacer had already accumulated a point for giving David Warner a send-off.
The Test series in Australia was marred by ugly scenes both on and off the field. Warner was involved in a dressing room showdown with Quinton de Kock in Durban while hostilities between the two teams reached fever pitch in Port Elizabeth. In Newlands, the series was marred by the ball-tampering scandal which resulted in Smith, Warner and Cameron Bancroft been banned by Cricket Australia.