Port Elizabeth: South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada has been fined 15% of his match fee and has also received one demerit point after being found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel during the first day of the third Test match against England in Port Elizabeth on Thursday (January 16).

The South African bowler was found to have violated Article 2.5 of the code, which relates to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his or her dismissal during an international match”.

The charge relates to Rabada’s actions following the dismissal of Joe Root. After the day’s play, Rabada admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Andy Pycroft of the ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.

Rabada has now accumulated four demerit points in a 24-month period and as such will miss South Africa’s next Test match.

The charge was levelled by on-field umpires Rod Tucker and Bruce Oxenford and third umpire Joel Wilson as well as fourth umpire Allahudien Paleker.

Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.

Here are Rabada's previous incidents where he accumulated three demerit points

Month

Match

Player Involved

Offence

Penalty

Demerit Points

February 2018

SA v India 5th ODI

Shikhar Dhawan

Using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an International Match.

Fine of 15% of Match Fee

1

March 2018

SA v Australia 2nd Test

Steve Smith

Conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game.

Fine of 25% of Match Fee (after appeal)

1

SA v Australia 2nd Test

David Warner

Using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an International Match.

Fine of 15% of Match