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T20 World Cup: Kagiso Rabada urges South Africa to stop “discord”

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Kagiso Rabada is set to lead South Africa’s fast bowling attack in the T20 World Cup.© AFP

South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada insisted on Monday that the “discord” has to stop as the Proteas bounce back from a terrible start in the T20 World Cup. South Africa lost to Australia by five wickets in their opening match of Super 12 on Saturday, scoring just 118 runs in 20 overs. The only piece of comfort was that Tuesday’s opponents, the defending champions West Indies, were even worse. They were bowled out for a disappointing 55 by England and lost by six wickets.

Rabada said, “We see (batting) as a concern. The last thing we need to do is keep bragging about it and about it.”

That was despite Rabada coming in at number nine.

One of the main talking points was the bizarre dismissal of Quinton de Kock.

The opener was bowled by Josh Hazlewood, but only after the ball bounced over him, the left-hander was helpless and rolled over the stumps.

De Kock was one of his team’s first three wickets to score only 23 runs.

It was a disappointing exit for the 28-year-old, who has scored five half-centuries in his last eight innings in this format.

“Quinton is a high quality player, and I think it just hasn’t arrived,” Rabada said.

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“Cricket goes like this. Batsmen know what they have to do. We know what we have to do as a team. No one is blaming anyone. But the worst thing you can do is It’s about and it’s about the harp.

“Quinton is a big player for us. He has done really well since he started playing for South Africa. He is a world class player, and he just needs to go in and do his job.”

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