Australia v South Africa Tests

'Prediction' prompted Rabada's send-off

Fired-up fast bowler delivered an earful to Australia debutant after bowling him with a full, swinging yorker


26 November 2016, 01:10 AM

Rabada gives Maddinson a departing spray

South African tearaway Kagiso Rabada predicted the demise of Nic Maddison, prompting his charged send-off to the Australian Test debutant.

Maddinson, in his first Test innings, had faced 11 balls from Proteas paceman Kyle Abbott without scoring on Friday in the third Test at Adelaide Oval.

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Then Rabada bowled him for a duck with the first ball he delivered to the left-hander – a 144kmph full ball which knocked middle stump out of the ground.

Rabada ran down the pitch, cupping a hand to his mouth as he gave the Australian newcomer a mouthful laden with Afrikaans expletives.

But Abbott said there was nothing personal in the send-off – it was more delight that a premonition eventuated, as Rabada had predicted taking Maddinson's wicket with a full ball.

"He actually called it. I was standing at mid-on and he called it before he bowled it," Abbott told reporters.

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Rabada had asked Abbott whether he should attempt a full, fast delivery.

"He asked me whether or not if he should and I actually said no, to be honest, because we were sitting on him pretty well," Abbott said.

"I think we had bowled 12 or 13 balls where we bowled pretty wide of his off stump.

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"He (Rabada) had a gut feel and he ran with it. When something like that happens, it's quite a cool feeling."

The send-off is likely to attract the attention of the umpires, with Match Referee Andy Pycroft already having had a busy week. Pycroft found Proteas' captain Faf du Plessis guilty of ball tampering in the Hobart Test in the days leading up to the Adelaide match, and fined him his full match fee.

Du Plessis has indicated he will appeal that verdict.

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