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Kagiso Rabada named South Africa’s Cricketer of the Year

Kagiso Rabada collected a total of six trophies at the Cricket South Africa awards including Test cricketer of the year, one-day international player of the year and players’ player of the year.

cricket Updated: Jun 03, 2018 11:11 IST
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Kagiso Rabada collected a total of six trophies at the Cricket South Africa awards. (Twitter: @OfficialCSA)

Kagiso Rabada, the world’s number one Test bowler, was named South Africa’s Cricketer of the Year.

The award came at the end of a 12-month period during which Rabada, 23, was a consistent match-winner -- and subject of disciplinary hearings.

Rabada took 72 wickets at an average of 19.52 in 12 Tests going back to a series in England last July.

He missed one Test in England because he was banned after reaching a demerit points threshold -- and would have missed the last two Tests against Australia earlier this year if he had not appealed successfully against a verdict that would have brought a two-match ban for reaching a second threshold.

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Rabada went on to be man of the series when the South African cricket team beat Australia in a controversial four-match series.

The ban came after a collision with Australian captain Steve Smith. Match referee Jeff Crowe found him guilty of a level two offence and he was docked three demerit points, which triggered an automatic ban. But it was downgraded to a level one offence with one demerit point.

Rabada remains in danger of missing more matches, though, because he has accumulated seven points, one short of a ban. With points remaining on his record for two years, he will not start shedding points until February 2019.

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It was Rabada’s second Cricketer of the Year award. He also won in 2016. He joined Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, Makhaya Ntini and AB de Villiers as two-time winners.

Rabada collected a total of six awards, including Test cricketer of the year, one-day international player of the year and players’ player of the year.

First Published: Jun 03, 2018 11:08 IST