Kagiso Rabada determined to clean up his act following Test ban

South Africa paceman Kagiso Rabada has apologised for letting himself and his team down after he was banned for the final Test against England.

The 24-year-old will be absent for Friday’s finale at the Wanderers in Johannesburg following his overzealous celebration for dismissing Joe Root on the first day in Port Elizabeth.

“It can’t keep happening because I am letting the team down and I am letting myself down,” said Rabada. “That is why it hurts so much.

Kagiso Rabada will miss the final Test against England following his ban
Kagiso Rabada will miss the final Test against England following his ban (Michael Sheehan/AP)

“It is something that I didn’t expect, but whether it was the right thing or the wrong thing to ban me, the reality is that I am banned.”

Rabada bowled Root for 27 before following through just in front of the England captain, pumping his fists and roaring in celebration.

He was fined 15 per cent of his match fee and picked up a demerit point – taking his tally to the threshold of four in a two-year period.

Rabada getting a 1 game ban for celebrating taking the Wicket of the opponents best player is absolutely bonkers … Over rates & slow play nothing gets done … Celebrate a wicked and you are banned … The World is bloody nuts … #SAvENG

— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 17, 2020

“I have every belief in anyone who is going to come into my spot, that they have the potential to knock anyone over,” Rabada added.

“I guess it gives me a chance to work on my game, and gives me a chance to have a bit of a rest.”

England take a 2-1 series lead into the decisive rubber after they won the third Test by an innings and 53 runs.

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