South Africa’s bowling coach Charl Langeveldt has challenged Protea’s spearhead Kagiso Rabada to bowl better on flat pitches.
Rabada, the world’s leading Test wicket-taker in 2022, was well short of his best at the MCG as Australia secured a 386-run lead in the first innings at 8-585.
The 27-year-old finished with numbers 2-144 as South Africa was forced to play for 145 overs.
“I think ‘KG’ (Rabada) wasn’t in the song, but if I can single out him and a couple of the other guys, we didn’t do well as a unit,” said Langeveldt.
Langeveldt challenged Rabada to study Australia captain Pat Cummins as an example of a bowler with consistency.
“For KG he’s a wicket-taker, he always has the ability to take wickets for us, the challenge for him is to control that,” said Langeveldt.
“I think Cummins lost a few runs early on but then he got consistent and he was aggressive and that’s his (Rabadas) challenge going forward.
“He’s one of the leading wicket-takers in red ball cricket but I think playing on flatter wickets going forward will be the challenge for him.”
South Africa resumes at 1-15 on Thursday and still needs another 371 to beat Australia again in the Boxing Day Test.
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