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Kagiso Rabada will miss the remainder of South Africa's tetchy Test series against Australia after being found guilty of barging Steve Smith.

Australia's Mitchell Marsh joined the list of players to be charged with breaches of the players' code of conduct in this series when he was fined 20 per cent of his match fee and handed one demerit point for swearing at Rabada after the paceman bowled him on Monday.

Rabada, who was suspended for one Test against England last summer following an altercation with Ben Stokes, has five demerit points and will receive a two-Test ban if he reaches eight. "Australia are going to have times when they put you under pressure and we absorbed brilliantly with Dean and Hashim, making sure the bowlers stay out there and bowl third and fourth spells", du Plessis said.

"I can't keep doing this because I am letting the team down and I am letting myself down".

"I found that there was contact between Rabada and Smith‚ and in my judgment the contact by Rabada was inappropriate and deliberate‚" the ICC media release quoted match referee Jeff Crowe as saying.

"He's got to be smarter and he knows that", Proteas veteran AB de Villiers said.

"Obviously these days the attention has focused on what is allowed, what is not allowed, I just think that has changed so much over a year or two".

Cricket South Africa said it was seeking legal counsel about a possible appeal that could potentially make Rabada available for the next test in Cape Town, which starts on March 22.

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The ruling therefore activates a two-Test ban, meaning Rabada will play no part in the forthcoming Newlands and Wanderers showdowns.

"Mitchell Marsh probably deserved a hundred in the first Test to be fair, but if we're getting batters scoring big hundreds it certainly helps us out a hell of a lot". I was just flat, physically and mentally.

"I have to move forward".

It is indeed insane to think that he is spearheading South Africa's pace attack at the age of 22 and already has 124 Test wickets in his kitty.

De Villiers did not play Test cricket between January 2016 and December 2017, after he decided he needed time away from the game.

"Especially coming off a performance like that, I felt really good in this Test match".

"For me, if you look at both those is brushing a shirt, the other one is a lot more aggressive", du Plessis said". You don't want to roll over.

He said the umpires had shown no indication the players had gone too far too often, except for the stairwell incident with Warner and South African keeper Quentin de Kock, and they would reel it in if they saw something they didn't like. "When he's in that sort of form, I'm very happy to have him in my side".

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