Kagiso Rabada Named South Africa’s Cricketer Of The Year


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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