Faf du Plessis has questioned the ICC on their decision to hand Kagiso Rabada a two-match ban stating that David Warner’s offense was a more serious one than the committed by his compatriot. Du Plessis also added that the Proteas had no problems in countering the Australian brand of cricket.
After Rabada, who took 11 wickets in the match, guided the Proteas to a commanding victory over Australia in Port Elizabeth, the pacer was handed a two-match suspension for intentional contact with Steve Smith on Day 1 of the Test. While the replays suggested that the contact was minimal, the ICC saw fit to hand the Proteas star three demerit points, which ensured that he would miss the rest of the series.
This, however, was not the first high profile incident of the series as a tussle between David Warner and Quinton de Kock during the first Test had seen the Aussie receive the same punishment. Du Plessis, though, believes that the Aussie’s reaction was a much more serious one and there was no way the two incidents deserved the same punishment.
"The charge against KG is a level 2 with three demerit points, and the charge against Davey is a level 2 with three demerit points. For me, if you look at those incidents, one is brushing
The South African skipper raised an even more important discussion about the direction in which Test cricket is heading. Test cricket has seen a huge dip in interest following the introduction, and acceptance, of T20 cricket and the cricketing bodies are trying to come up with new ways of popularising the format.
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"People talk about where is the future of Test cricket. This, for me, is an important part of Test cricket - the battles that you face. That is KG [Rabada] running in for 15 overs trying to get someone out and eventually when he gets him out, he has to show that passion. Otherwise, you could just put a bowling machine and a robot to bat."
When asked about whether he thought that there was a chance that Rabada’s challenge might end up changing the ICC’s mind, he replied, "Our strike rate is 0% at the moment with trying to challenge these cases," he admitted with a smile. "It will probably stay at 0% (after the Rabada case). I don't think there is a big turnover when it comes to (challenging) these things."