PORT ELIZABETH - Former England players condemned the suspension of South Africa pace bowler Kagiso Rabada on Friday after an over exuberant celebration, but he received little sympathy from his own camp.
Rabada was fined and handed a demerit point after celebrating under the nose of England captain Joe Root having bowled him on the first day of the third test at St George’s Park on Thursday.
“Banned for screaming at the ground is just ridiculous,” said former England bowler Darren Gough in a radio commentary on Friday after the International Cricket Council banned the 24-year-old Rabada from playing in the last test against England next week.
Rabada was deemed to have been provocative as he bellowed at the ground and pumped his fist in celebration.
It was his fourth demerit point in a 24-month period, which earned him a one match ban, ruling him out of the fourth test in Johannesburg.