Kagiso Rabada faces suspension for remainder of South Africa-Australia Test series

Faf du Plessis

Faf du Plessis"Before we came into this series and I looked at all the demerit points- all of it was on the South

Mitchell Marsh then trapped Faf du Plessis and Theunis De Bruyn lbw for nine and one respectively, while Australia's decision not to take the second new ball immediately was vindicated when Nathan Lyon bowled Quinton de Kock.

Rabada went on to take a further four wickets after seeing off Smith, ending the innings with figures of 5-96.

Only one wicket, that of nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada, fell between the start of play and the afternoon tea break.

Should he be found guilty he will receive a minimum of three demerit points, which would take him to a total of eight in the last 24 months, and trigger an automatic two-match suspension that will see him miss the rest of the series. De Villiers reverse-swept Nathan Lyon, swatted him to the deep square leg boundary, took South Africa to within touching distance of Australia's score with two attractive fours off Cummins, and then took them into the lead.

After dismissing Steve Smith on Friday in Port Elizabeth, Rabada appeared to intentionally bump into the Australia captain with his shoulder during his follow-through.

The nearly peerless de Villiers ensured South Africa would claim a first-innings lead, however, although he lost another partner when Nathan Lyon took care of the off stump of Quinton de Kock (9) with a stunning off break.

Mitchell Marsh added after play: "I love my music".

David Warner is no stranger to confrontations both on and off the field, having infamously punched England batsman Joe Root in a bar in Birmingham after an Ashes Test in 2013.

Australia were 98 for one at lunch after winning the toss and batting in overcast conditions at St George's Park. Later, Khawaja joined with Warner but within next six runs he was gone too.

The 21-year-old was picked ahead of the more experienced Morne Morkel in a surprise selection by the South Africans.

In Rabada's next over Shaun Marsh was beaten by a ball which swung into his pads and was also leg before.

But the review was not in favour of Smith and he has to make the walk back.

The atmosphere was subdued at the start of the second test but the fallout from Durban continued, with Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland releasing a statement before play started reminding the Australian players they needed to behave.

The hearing will be conducted by International Cricket Council match referee Jeff Crowe.

There is no love lost between the two sides and things would remain as heated as in the first test.

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