Kagiso Rabada celebrates after taking the wicket of Joe Root. (Source: AP)
South Africa bowler Kagiso Rabada has been banned for the final Test against England by the International Cricket Council following his celebration of Joe Root's wicket. Rabada was also fined 15 percent of his match fee after his actions following the dismissal of Joe Root was deemed as a breach of ICC Code of conduct.
Rabada has also received one demerit point after being found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct. This is his fourth demerit point in a span of 24 months.
It all happened when the Protea pacer bowled the England skipper for 27 on Thursday and then walked down the pitch and celebrated in front of Root, screaming as he bent down.
Thereafter, he was found guilty of violating Article 2.5 of the ICC code: “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his or her dismissal during an international match”.
The 24-year-old admitted to the offence after play ended yesterday. Match referee Andy Pycroft imposed the sanctions after the charge had been levelled by the on-field, third and fourth umpires.
Rabada's last two offenses came during the contentious South Africa-Australia series in 2018, the contest that ended with the Australian ball-tampering scandal and long-term bans for Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.