New Delhi: South Africa pacer Vernon Philander has hit out at Australia skipper Vernon Philander for playing his part in getting Kagiso Rabada banned from the final two Tests on the ongoing series between the two nations.
Fast bowler Rabada was found guilty of “inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with a player” after leaning with his shoulder into Steve Smith when he dismissed the Australia captain in the first innings of South Africa’s six-wicket win in the second test in Port Elizabeth.
However, Philander has now come out in support of his teammate and lashed out at Smith on social media. Philander’s post read: “Haven’t really seen the footage of this incident but by the looks of this…Steve Smith gave KG the shoulder. He could have avoided any contact but to me, he is just as guilty. Trying some football skills to get a penalty??? Pity he didn’t dive to top it off.”
Haven’t really seen the footage of this incident but by the looks of this…Steve Smith gave KG the shoulder. He could have avoided any contact but to me, he is just as guilty. Trying some football skills to get a penalty??? Pity he didn’t dive to top it off. pic.twitter.com/eWapKlkMUE
— Vernon Philander (@VDP_24) March 14, 2018
The 22-year-old, who took 11-150 in the game, was fined 50 percent of his match fee and given three demerit points, which took him past the tally of eight that triggers an automatic two-game suspension.
However, Kagiso Rabada later appealed the guilty verdict handed to him by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for breaching their code of conduct in a last-ditch bid to be able to play in the rest of the gripping Test series.
Meanwhile, Smith was earlier quoted as saying that his team wants Rabada to play in the remaining two Tests in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
s a world-class bowler and you always want to come up against the best — that is for sure,” he said. “He is right up there, playing unbelievably well.”
Rabada is the fifth player to be punished by the ICC in a fiery series after Australians David Warner, Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Marsh and South African Quinton de Kock.