KAGISO Rabada has been told to behave better by South Africa, with the fiery fast bowler facing a series ban as he sweats on the match referee's ruling of a physical send-off of Steve Smith in Port Elizabeth.
Not only was Rabada fined 50 percent of his match fee, he also received three demerit points.
This took Rabada up to eight points within the last 24 months.
The ICC is yet to release its decision on that charge.
He has now also been reported for a send-off to batsman David Warner on day three, the lowest level-one offence.
"He had the opportunity to avoid the contact, and I could not see any evidence to support the argument that the contact was accidental", Crowe said.
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"I can't keep doing this because I am letting the team down and I am letting myself down".
The ruling therefore activates a two-Test ban, meaning Rabada will play no part in the forthcoming Newlands and Wanderers showdowns. If I knew I did it deliberately, I wouldn't have gone to contest. "To be honest, I just let it out", he said. I never tried to appeal that one because I knew that I did it. For comparison, Makhaya Ntini took four such hauls in 101 Tests and Dale Steyn has five from his 86 matches. "When he's in that sort of form, I'm very happy to have him in my side".
Meanwhile, Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has also been fined 20 percent of his match and handed one demerit point for a Level 1 offence under 2.1.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct. In the match, South Africa scored 382 runs at Port Elizabeth in their first innings.
Australia were 180 for five in their second innings at the close, a slender lead of 41 runs with five wickets remaining. However they scrambled home for the loss of four wickets.
Before his punishment was confirmed on Monday, Rabada himself appeared to concede that he was likely out of the rest of the series. He tried one too many big shots and was caught in the deep by Ngidi off left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj.
Elgar was out for 5, caught and bowled by Nathan Lyon off a leading edge in similar fashion to his dismissal in South Africa's first innings of the series in Durban. With his score on six he was dropped at first slip by Mitchell Marsh off Hazlewood.
De Villiers, who had not scored a ton in his last 13 tests, featured in an 84-run partnership with Vernon Philander for the eighth wicket as the pair saw off any potential impact of the new ball from an Australian attack that looked exhausted after their exertions on Saturday.