Port Elizabeth: South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada was Monday banned for the two remaining Tests against Australia - and admitted that he would have to change how he celebrates wickets.
A series win for England could see them overtake New Zealand to take fourth position in the Test Team Rankings as the latter are just one point ahead at 100 points.
The express paceman was found guilty of inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with Steve Smith in Port Elizabeth, having brushed the batsman's shoulder in a send-off. He was fined 50 percent of his match fee and issued three demerit points after a disciplinary hearing following his denial of the charge.
The Australia all-rounder was fined 20% of his match fee and handed one demerit point for a level one offence of "using language or gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting". They said I've been bowling the whole day and now I've come to bat. He works bloody hard.
Champion quick Steyn had been expected to be fit in time for the third Test in Cape Town but now will only be considered for the fourth Test, Cricinfo reported yesterday.
You can examine the nuts and bolts of it all you like, but the gist of his suspension - so no Newlands or Wanderers for the series's leading wicket-taker - is that he has been deemed a serial offender in over-exuberant dismissal celebrations.
With Steyn and Rabada out, Australia will have the edge on a drier pitch, which leads me to think we may see the first true green seamer of the series. Two or three years ago, that was the norm.
The thought has struck me with increasing conviction that the Aussie side presently touring our shores has a little sneakily gone out of its way, even if only with certain individuals most consciously involved, to goad known match-winning figure Rabada into stepping over the ICC-defined line of conduct.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) rejected Rabada's claim the contact with Smith was accidental.
"If you look at both those incidents, one is brushing a shirt and the other one is a lot more aggressive", du Plessis said. "People talk about where Test cricket is going". This, for me, is an important part of Test cricket. the battles that you face.
"It's about KG running in for 15 overs trying to get someone out and when he does, he has to show some sort of passion".
As a sign of his pending greatness, Rabada has four 10-wicket hauls to his name from just 28 matches.
"It's a big series, there is a lot to play for".
"How I understand it is, the charge against KG (Kagiso Rabada) is level two with three demerit points and the charge against Dave (David Warner) was a level two with three demerit points. I don't know what is going to happen to him after this Test but if he is around for the next Test match I think he would have learnt from his mistakes", said de Villiers. "I'm not happy about it".