South Africa paceman Kagiso Rabada says he was surprised to be sanctioned for his exuberant celebration of Joe Root’s dismissal in the third Test against England but knows he cannot keep letting his team mates, and himself, down.
Rabada was handed a one-match ban by the International Cricket Council, ruling him out of the last match of the four-Test series, which starts in Johannesburg on Friday.
His absence is a serious blow to South Africa’s hopes of levelling the series after a heavy defeat in the third test at Port Elizabeth on Monday left them trailing 2-1.
“It was something I didn’t expect,” Rabada said on Tuesday.
“Whether it was the right thing to ban me or the wrong thing, the reality is that I’m banned.”