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13 Mar 2018

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Rabada: The boy who can't stay out-of trouble

Kagiso Rabada can no longer play a part in the ongoing Test series against Australia, after he was handed a two-match suspension.

The number two bowler in Test cricket was found guilty of a level 2 'Code of Conduct' offence and was awarded 3 demerit points. Rabada's physical contact with Smith was the reason behind it.

Here, we list Rabada's previous tryst with indiscipline.

In context

Rabada: The boy who can't stay out-of trouble

Was the shoulder rub intentional?

Rabada had earned a demerit point for Warner's send-off

Foul language

Rabada had earned a demerit point for Warner's send-off

Rabada was also pulled up for the send-off he gave to David Warner, in the same match on Sunday.

The 22-year-old speedster was found guilty of "using language, actions or gestures which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his or her dismissal."

He was handed a demerit point.

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8 demerit points lead to suspension from 2 Tests

Rabada, who plays aggressive brand of cricket, has accumulated 9 demerit points in 24 months. According to the ICC rules, 8 points lead to a two-Test match suspension. If now, he adds 4 more points to his kitty, he would be suspended for 3 Tests.

Unnecessary

Rabada was also pulled up for Dhawan send-off

In the recently concluded India vs South Africa ODI series, Rabada was pulled up by the ICC for the inappropriate send-off he gave to Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan at St George's park.

Rabada bagged in-form Dhawan's wicket and while the batsman was leaving the youngster used foul language which earned him one demerit point.

Rabada's gives an unruly send-off once again

Rabada earned his first 3 demerit points against Sri Lanka

Rabada accumulated his first demerit points in February 2017. In a similar incident to what Rabada did with Steven Smith, he and Sri Lankan batsman Niroshan Dickwella "collided" on-field. Rabada was handed 3 demerit points.

Rabada was suspended for cursing Ben Stokes

Trouble maker

Rabada was suspended for cursing Ben Stokes

Rabada did not take his first 3 demerit points seriously and was pulled up again in July 2017 when he 'cursed' England all-rounder Ben Stokes, after bagging his wicket during the first Test at Lord's.

ICC handed Rabada his fourth demerit point, and as a result, he missed the second Test at Trent Bridge.

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