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Rabada Magic cut England short

By Marc Jacobson - Jan 26, 2016
Rabada Magic cut England short

Kagiso Rabada inspired South Africa to their first test win in 10 matches after they beat England by 280 runs in the fourth test at Centurion, Pretoria.

The match was already a dead rubber affair before it even started, as regardless of the fourth test win, England still win the series 2-1. Dead rubber contingencies aside, individual brilliance sparked by the young 20-year-old Kagiso Rabada, definitely sought the Proteas for a redeeming future. 

Rabada showed the second best figures of 13/144 in the history of SA test cricket after Makhaya Ntini's figures of 13/132 against West Indies in 2005. Rabada became only the 15th bowler in test history to take a 10-wicket haul in a single test for their country under the age of 21, but the first South African.

At the ripe age that Rabada is, he only skimmed below Ntini’s record by a mere 12 runs – both equalling on wickets; which is a promising prospect considering that he may just move upward from here on forth.

In the first innings of this test, Rabada took 7/112 and 6/32 in the second innings. He took two wickets at the end of day four, which knocked England to their knees ahead of day five. On day five, he struck them to the ground, taking a further four wickets; which put their grim efforts out of its misery.

South Africa is displaying a swift transition into seam pace bowlers, after the injury stricken Dale Steyn has deprived him of game time and the inconsistency of Morne Morkel begs question marks. Rabada has certainly cemented his spot in the Proteas outfit for now, but fine displays from Kyle Abbott, Christopher Morris and recent debutant, Hardus Viljoen, have all uplifted prospects for competition for all bowlers.

The selectors are suddenly spoilt with choice; it just depends how they can form the right balance between the flow of batsmen and bowlers in a line-up that can weigh up their attacks to complement each other. Ultimately, the more coherence that exists within the team, the better chance they have to win more tests.

Rabada now has an impressive 24 wickets in his first six test matches, equalling Dale Steyn after his first six.