Delhi Daredevils paceman Kagiso Rabada ruled out of IPL with back injury

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Rabada helped bowl South Africa to victory over Australia.

South Africa paceman Kagiso Rabada has been ruled out for up to three months by a back injury, the Proteas have announced.

The 22-year-old underwent scans after complaining of discomfort during the fourth Test against Australia and will now rest for a month before beginning rehabilitation work.

Proteas team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee said: “Kagiso has been diagnosed with a lower back stress reaction which will rule him out of cricket action for up to three months.

“He will need a month’s break from all physical activity before commencing with a rehabilitation programme to get him ready for the series against Sri Lanka in July.”

Rabada’s injury means he will be unavailable to play for for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League.

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Newlands cricket ground victim of armed robbery during Easter weekend

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The picturesque venue has been robbed for the third time since 2015.

The Newlands Cricket Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa was the victim of an armed-robbery during the Easter weekend.

The venue, which hosted the recent third Test between South Africa and Australia, was at the receiving end of a robbery for the third time since 2015.

“Gun-wielding robbers raided Newlands Cricket Stadium just after midnight on Friday,” a statement from the Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) said.

“The glass doors of about 25 suites were smashed and the robbers targeted the TVs while also taking some liquor and other items in the suites, whilst also vandalising some of the suites,” it added.

“The South African Police Services are busy with an extensive investigation into the event and we will also reassess our security measures, including the possibility of having more cameras installed,” the statement said.

The stadium had only recently hosted the third South Africa-Australia Test.

The stadium had only recently hosted the third South Africa-Australia Test.

“As an Association we are disturbed by the robbery and will do our utmost with the help of the South African Police Services to get to the bottom of this and try and prevent a reoccurrence of this type of incident.

“We will seriously look within our budgetary constraints to improve our security situation at the stadium.”

According to the statement, a woman approached the stadium security asking for directions to a church.

She returned a few minutes later with three more men who jumped the security fences before being joined by 15 others. While there have been previous robberies at the picturesque cricket venue, this is the first time that it was an armed one.

The third Test between South Africa and Australia held at the venue recently had exploded into controversy after an admission of ball-tampering by the visitors.

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David Warner accepts Cricket Australia sanctions in ball-tampering scandal

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Warner will not be contesting the sanctions imposed on him.

David Warner has accepted the sanctions handed out to him by Cricket Australia in the ball-tampering scandal and will not be appealing them.

The former Australia vice-captain was stripped of his post and handed a 12-month cricket ban by the board after the outrage over the ball-tampering episode. The scandal had occurred during the third Test between South Africa and Australia at Newlands in Cape Town.

Following an investigation by Cricket Australia, Warner and skipper Steve Smith were both handed 12-month bans by the board while Cameron Bancroft was suspended for nine months.

Both Smith and Bancroft had accepted the sanctions imposed against them while Warner was yet to make a decision.

On Thursday morning, the left-hander took to Twitter to announce that he had accepted his punishment and will not be contesting the charges.

“I have today let Cricket Australia know that I fully accept the sanctions imposed on me. I am truly sorry for my actions and will now do everything I can to be a better person, teammate and role model,” Warner wrote in his tweet.

The 31-year-old has also lost his lucrative IPL contract with Sunrisers Hyderabad as a ramification of the ball-tampering saga. He also had his sponsorship deals with LG, ASICs and Milo rescinded in the aftermath of the scandal.

Rumours continue to circulate that Warner will “tell-all” in an exclusive AUD$1million interview for Australian television.

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