Smith sad to see Rabada missing

13 March 2018 11:01:03 EST

Australia captain Steve Smith says his side would prefer to be facing fast bowler Kagiso Rabada in the final two Tests of their series in South Africa.

Proteas ace Rabada will miss the final two Tests of four due to disciplinary matters, having taken 11-150 as the hosts won by six wickets in Port Elizabeth to level the series at 1-1.

And Smith is certainly not happy to see the young pace ace miss out, as he wants to be challenged by the cream of the crop when he leads his side out at Newlands in the third Test.

He told reporters: "He's a world-class bowler and you always want to come up against the best, that's for sure.

"He's right up there. He's unbelievable the way he's been bowling. If he's there, he's there, if he's not, he's not. It's our job to try and play some better cricket."

Meanwhile, Rabada himself has admitted that he now has an opportunity to go away and re-evaluate his aggressive style of play.

He added: "I've let myself down and the team down. I have to see it as a learning curve and not repeat the same mistake.

"It gives me a chance to do other things and improve my game and think about things a bit more. I'm not happy about it, but time moves on."

In the absence of Rabada, Australia are 7/1 to win the Test series, with the draw 6/4 and the Proteas 5/6.

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