Kyle Abbott reveals reason behind Kagiso Rabada's passionate send off to Nic Maddinson
The Australians for the first time in the series against South Africa look dominating in the Adelaide Test match, thanks to Usman Khawaja's sensational ton. The second day's play witnessed the Proteas bowlers struggling for wickets and it was clearly evident when a fired up Kagiso Rabada gave a fiery send off to debutant Nic Maddinson after knocking over his middle stump.
The incident saw Rabada covering his mouth while giving Maddinson a piece of his mind after taking his wicket. Whil fans are yet to know what Rabada actually said, Kyle Abbott revealed what had prompted Rabada to do so during a press conference.
Talking to the media he said, "He actually called it. I was standing at mid-on and he called it before he bowled it.”
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Abbott mentioned that there was nothing personal in the send-off and it was more of an emotional aspect. He claimed that Rabada had predicted that he would take Maddinson's wicket just before delivering the ball.
Explaining the incident, Abbott said, "He asked me whether or not if he should bowl a full ball and I actually said no, to be honest, because we were sitting on him pretty well.
"I think we had bowled 12 or 13 balls where we bowled pretty wide of his off stump,” he added.
Abbott went on to say that Rabada was reluctant to listen to his words as he had a gut feeling of getting Maddinson's wicket, "He had a gut feel and he ran with it. When something like that happens it is quite a cool feeling.”
The incident happened in the 90th over of the Australian innings when Maddinson had faced just 11 balls in his debut Test innings. Rabada steamed into bowl and delivered a cracking yorker which swung in slightly and found its way between his pad and bat to knock out the middle stump. Maddinson got out for a duck and created history as he went on to become only the third Australian to get out on duck in his debut Test innings, something which he wouldn't have wanted.
The Australians went on to score 383 runs in their first innings in reply to South Africa's 259, hence taking a lead of 124 runs.