Domenica, 14 Febbraio 2016 18:30 | Rabada: Attack leader ... at 20

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Cape Town – Kagiso Rabada on Sunday completed adistinguished personal double in the summer hostilities against England.

The baby-faced fast bowler, by ending the one-dayinternational series with nine scalps (average 19.88, economy

rate 4.73),ensured that he was South Africa’s leading wicket-taker – exactly his status inthe prior Test series, a hugely rare feat for a 20-year-old.

Rabada was edged out overall for dismissals in the ODIs bythe lanky English left-arm seamer Reece Topley, who accounted for 10 poles at21.90, although his economy was a fair bit weaker at 6.08.

Topley also had the advantage of an extra match, playing inall five fixtures whereas Rabada was rested for the opener in Bloemfontein.

It was probably the intention to give the languid Lionspaceman a bit more time off as the series progressed, but such was hisinfluence – yet again – that it became almost impossible to keep him sidelined.

In an otherwise inconsistent Proteas attack, you always feltthat it was up to either Rabada or Kyle Abbott to bring an element of controlwhen things looked like unravelling; the latter ended the ODIs just behindRabada with eight SA wickets at an economy rate of 5.21.

Perhaps under-rated, considering the rightful laurels forcaptain AB de Villiers’s game-tilting unbeaten century, was Rabada’s vital pairof scalps in the space of two deliveries – dangerous duo Ben Stokes and JosButtler – at a time when England were ominously barrelling along in the middleof their innings.

Those two dismissals, both bowled and with Rabada’s impressivenous against individual foes coming to the fore, pegged the tourists back andwent a long way to explaining why they were eventually bowled out well short ofnegotiating a full 50 overs.

It was also the second time in the series that “KG” had completedhis bowling stint while conceding fewer than four runs to the over – somethinghe also managed while wicketless in Port Elizabeth.

In total, that phenomenon has been enjoyed by Rabada fivetimes in his 14 bowling innings in the ODI arena, which tells you that there issomething of a Shaun Pollock-style discipline element to accompany his manyattributes in the strike column.

Just a reminder that the St Stithians product had snared 22wickets at 21.90 in only three Tests against England, making him the overall seriesbowling “champ” even in defeat for South Africa; the vastly more experiencedStuart Broad bagged 18 scalps at 20.61 for the visitors.

For all his rawness, there is a strong case for saying thatwhen South Africa go to the looming ICC World Twenty20 – his first seniorglobal limited-overs tournament – Kagiso Rabada may well do so as leader inevery respect of the Proteas attack, especially as doubts still swirl aroundDale Steyn’s readiness.

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