Kagiso Rabada's absence a bonus for Australia: Asst coach Brad Haddin

Updated: 15 March, 2018 10:52 IST | IANS | Port Elizabeth

Ahead of the third Test against South Africa starting at Cape Town on Tuesday, Australia's assistant coach Brad Haddin

Brad Haddin
Brad Haddin

Ahead of the third Test against South Africa starting at Cape Town on Tuesday, Australia's assistant coach Brad Haddin said the absence of suspended fast bowler Kagiso Rabada is a bonus for the visitors, especially after the four-match series is locked at one-all.

Rabada was suspended for the remainder of series after brushing shoulders with Australia captain Steve Smith on Day 1 of the second Test here. While Rabada and Cricket South Africa (CSA) are still weighing up whether to appeal the two-Test ban, Haddin felt the in form pacer's absence is a blessing for his boys.

"It's disappointing for the game that he's not playing but from our point of view, it's a bonus because he is a class act," Haddin told reporters, as reported by cricket.com.au.
Rabada, 23, claimed 11/150 in SA's six-wicket win here and Haddin added: "He's very impressive. For someone so young, he really understands how to set up a batsman."

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First Published: 15 March, 2018 10:40 IST

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