Kagiso Rabada Named South Africa’s Cricketer Of The Year

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Going back to the series in England last July, Rabada took 72 wickets at an average of 19.52 in 12 Test matches.

During Australia’s controversial four-match Test series, the 23-year-old was also adjudged as the Man of the Series. However, he was banned for one Test in England after he reached a demerit points threshold — and would have missed the last two Tests against Australia earlier this year if he had not appealed successfully against a verdict that would have brought a two-match ban for reaching a second threshold.

The ban came after a collision with Australian captain Steve Smith. Match referee Jeff Crowe found him guilty of a level two offence and he was docked three demerit points, which triggered an automatic ban. But it was downgraded to a level one offence with one demerit point.

Rabada remains in danger of missing more matches, though, because he has accumulated seven points, one short of a ban. With points remaining on his record for two years, he will not start shedding points until February 2019.

Rabada collected a total of six awards, including Test cricketer of the year, one-day international player of the year and players’ player of the year.

(With AFP inputs)

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