Steve Smith not willing to guess Rabada’s punishment for send-off

Steve Smith not willing to guess Rabada’s punishment for send-off

The sledgining war has continued into the first day of the second Test between South Africa and Australia.

South Africa bowler Kagiso Rabada send off Steve Smith
South Africa bowler Kagiso Rabada. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)

The second Test match at Port Elizabeth between Australia and South Africa is currently underway. Both teams are straining every muscle to outclass each other. However, their rivalry took an ugly note when David Warner and Quinton de Kock exchanged an altercation following de Kock’s lewd comments over Candice Warner, David’s wife.

The first day of the second game has also been a witness to a heated exchange between Steve Smith and Kagiso Rabada. Following the Australian batsman’s dismissal, the Proteas bowler apparently ran into Steve Smith in order to give him a send-off. During a press conference, the Aussie skipper talked about the incident and opined on Rabada’s punishment after the act.

Difficult one to call for Smith

“We’ve seen so many different things of late. Some guys get banned, for one thing, other guys getting away with it. You really just never know. It’s a difficult one to call.” Smith said. The Australian skipper was trapped in front by Rabada following which the decision was reviewed. However, replays confirmed the legitimacy of the umpire’s decision and Smith had to perish.

Apart from the Candice Warner and Rabada-Smith saga, Nathan Lyon’s drop-ball send-off to AB de Villiers has also hogged the limelight. The Aussie off-spinner also spoke to the media regarding the mishap in the opening Test at the Kingsmead in Durban.

“I’ve got a lot of faith and a lot of respect for the umpires and the match referees. [I’ve] no doubt they can deal with all that stuff, they did last week. I’ve got full respect for those guys and no doubt they’ll make the decision they think is worthy.” Lyon said

The ongoing Test match has been a competitive game thus far. David Warner top-scored for Australia, however, Rabada’s five-wicket haul shot the Kangaroos out for a meager 243 runs. The bowler also came out as a night-watchman and spanked four boundaries to kick-start South Africa’s proceedings.