South Africa win second Test against Australia to level series

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KAGISO Rabada tore through Australia on day four with a stunning match-winning performance in Port Elizabeth, but the irony is the fast bowler has left South Africa's hopes of going on to win the series in serious jeopardy.

Marsh was the fifth player after South Africa's Rabada and Quinton de Kock and Australia's Warner and Nathan Lyon to be found guilty of misconduct in an ill-tempered series that is only halfway through.

As far as the fast bowler is concerned, the second Test ought to be remembered for his 10-wicket haul, which included a fascinating spell where he took 6-54. The counter-attacking tail-ender was given a taste of his own medicine - reverse swing - and edged behind cheaply as Rabada finished with 11 wickets in the match. Donald has 72 caps‚ Ntini 101‚ and Steyn 86.

This isn't Rabada's first offence; he was banned against England for verbally reacting to Ben Stokes' sledging.

This situation forced the Aussies to place Marsh in the slips during South Africa's second innings, where he subsequently dropped Proteas opener Aiden Markram. He had the opportunity to avoid the contact, and I could not see any evidence to support the argument that the contact was accidental.

Rabada was charged with a Level 2 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct and was fined 50 per cent of his match fee and handed three demerit points. He copped another point for his verbal send-off of David Warner on Sunday. Since Rabada was already on five demerit points and having accumulated eight demerit points overall now, he is automatically suspended from two matches.

Rabada's problem is that he had five carry-over points from past indiscretions, while Warner had a clean sheet.

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The teams now move on to Cape Town for the third test starting on March 22‚ at Newlands.

Smith has scored only one ton against South Africa - an even 100 in his first match at Centurion in 2014 - and only three fifties in 14 innings against the same opponents since.

The latter took a further 15% of his match fee and earned another demerit point.

"For me, if you look at those incidents, one is brushing of the shirt, the other is a lot more aggressive".

"He runs in and he bowls quick for long periods of time. All the stuff that he spoke about, he's coming through with it", du Plessis said. "I just asked the same question", he added.

"It's a big series, there is a lot to play for". You're playing for the No.1 spot. If I did it deliberately then I wouldn't have contested. It certainly is much-needed for South Africa as they will need to go away and in all likelihood - pending the outcome of an appeal - need to find a replacement for St George's Park Man of the Match Kagiso Rabada due to his two-match suspension imposed by the ICC.

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