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Kagiso Rabada set to be punished for his behaviour against Australia

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Australia's Test series against South Africa has been thoroughly unpleasant, hasn't it?

David Warner's confrontation with Quinton de Kock has dominated the agenda, with the Aussie vice-captain alleging that the batsman made "vile and disgusting" comments about his wife.

Proteas supporters had little sympathy and several turned up to St George's Park wearing Sonny Bill Williams masks in another attempt to upset Warner over his private life.

Nathan Lyon was then charged for appearing to drop the ball deliberately close to AB de Villiers after a run-out. 

The gentleman's game, eh?

However, the ill feeling hasn't been restricted to those players, with Kagiso Rabada also getting in on the act.

As far as the fast bowler is concerned, the second Test ought to be remembered for his 10-wicket haul, which included a fascinating spell where he took 6-54.

By the end, he had amassed figures of 11-150, including the key wickets of Usman Khawaja on 75, Steve Smith on 11, and Mitchell Marsh on 45.

South Africa ultimately won by six wickets, but that still did not warrant Rabada's over-zealous celebrations.

Rabada is in trouble 

Notably, after getting Smith out lbw on 25 in Australia's second innings, he appeared to deliberately bump into him as he walked down the wicket.

The Baggy Green captain immediately turned around and gestured to indicate he'd been brushed, though no apology was forthcoming:

AB de Villiers warned in a press conference afterwards that Rabada needed to be "smarter" and as predicted, his behaviour has now landed him in trouble.

What's the punishment? 

According to the Independent, the 22-year-old earned two conduct breaches for his antics throughout the Test and as a consequence, he is now set to be banned for two matches.

That would rule him out of the decisive final matches of the four-Test series given the breaches were level one and level two. 

"I don't know what's going to happen to him after this Test, but if he's around for the next Test match he'll have learned from his mistakes, de Villiers added.

So, it sounds like South Africa knew this punishment was coming.

"There was a lot of emotion from that last Test match going into this one and once again, as a fast bowler, you want to prove things to people and you want to show everyone you belong on this stage."

This isn't Rabada's first offence; he was banned against England for verbally reacting to Ben Stokes' sledging.

Perhaps his fiery side is key to his game, but he will be a huge miss for the final two Tests if he is suspended as expected.

Is a two-match ban a fair punishment for Rabada's antics? Have your say in the comments. 

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