‘Didn’t bowl well’: Rabada criticised after MCG effort

    Despite having both Mitchell Starc and Cameron Green bat lower than usual because of finger injuries, the Aussies pounded South Africa into the MCG dirt on Wednesday, building a 386-run first innings lead before finally declaring and then leaving the Proteas reeling at 1-15 when rain stopped play early.The tourists’ batting had been a much-documented Achilles heel but an attack dubbed pre-match by captain Dean Elgar as the world’s best was flattened by the Aussies, with only Anrich Nortje (3-92) providing consistent resistance.Rabada, No. 3 on the ICC Test bowling rankings and with 267 Test wickets to his name, went at more than five runs an over to finish with the unflattering figures of 2-144.Langeveldt, the former Proteas paceman, said his unit had lowered its colours, identifying Rabada, 27, as the major culprit.“KG [Rabada] wasn’t on song, if I can single him out, and in periods we didn’t bowl well as a unit. Partnerships is important for us, to get that consistency going, and it hasn’t been there in this game,” Langeveldt said.“I think for KG, he’s a wicket-taker. He always takes wickets, he’s got that ability to take wickets for us. The challenge always for him is to be able to control that.“I think [Pat] Cummins, when he started off he leaked a few runs, but then he got consistent and was aggressive. And I think that’s his [Rabada’s] challenge going forward, to make him a brilliant bowler. At the moment he is one of the leading wicket-takers in red-ball cricket, but going forward playing on flatter wickets, I think that’s going to be the challenge for him.”Langeveldt said that the issue was more one of execution than attitude.“Being a young bowling attack is not an excuse. “They’ve played a few Tests together, it’s just being able to control the run rate, that type of thing for longer periods. “But I think I was happy with the enthusiasm that the guys showed. I think they were brilliant.”

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