A major problem for South Africa is that Rabada, the team's No. 1 strike bowler, may be banned for those decisive last two tests after he was charged with misconduct for bumping into Australia captain Steve Smith after getting him out in the first innings in Port Elizabeth.
That incident on its own has the potential to see Rabada banned for two tests and miss the rest of the Australia series.
De Villiers made a magnificent 126 not out and took South Africa to a likely series-levelling position on the third day of the second Test against Australia at St George's Park.
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David Warner went for 13, after some wonderful bowling by Kagiso Rabada, while Cameron Bancroft fought hard for his 24 runs, but got unlucky when he was yorked and his attempt to dig it out saw the ball played back onto his stumps. "I'm letting the team as well as myself down". The ICC is yet to release its decision on that charge.
"I was very motivated to prove to everyone that I can still play the game, even though I have been away for a while", he said.
Rabada contested the first charge, claiming the contact with Smith was unintentional.
"I think all the quicks are going really well". "I was just exhausted of playing". I didn't feel any contact at all.More news: Tata Sons said to raise $1.38 billion in upsized TCS offering
The Aussie spinner was fined 15 per cent of his match fee and given one demerit point. He described his emotions as "bittersweet" after one of his best Test matches. I became a dad at the same time, all of a sudden two boys are around and I've got a family.
Meanwhile, Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has also been fined 20 percent of his match and handed one demerit point for a Level 1 offence under 2.1.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct. While captain Faf du Plessis does not see swearing as part of South Africa's style of play, it has featured in Rabada's send-offs, and may yet do so again, though he will direct his expletives elsewhere.
Rabada took the first three of the five Australian wickets that fell for the addition of 59 runs yesterday.
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Tim Paine showed great composure with the willow but finished 28 not out, running out of partners while attempting to build a more imposing target. It was a near-replica of Elgar's dismissal to the off-spinner in the first innings of the first Test in Durban. It didn't. Injured allrounder Mitch Marsh shelled a simple slips catch when South Africa were 0-7 in the second over of the run chase.
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