• Root: We go about things the right way

    England captain Joe Root has spoken about his role in the Kagiso Rabada incident which marred the third Test in Port Elizabeth.

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    Undone by a beautiful delivery from Rabada, the batsman was proud to hold his tongue with the ramifications of any reaction at the forefront of his mind.

    ‘That was my only concern,’ said the England captain.

    ‘Thankfully I held my tongue, waited patiently until he’d finished and walked off. He was obviously quite close but I didn’t have an issue with it. If I say anything on this it will get someone into trouble, so I’m going to keep my mouth shut.

    ‘The most important thing for us as a team is that we respect decisions made on the field and we don’t put ourselves in a position where guys are missing games because of celebrations or send-offs.

    ‘We go about things the right way.’

    Rabada picked up a demerit point and will miss the final Test of the series which his side trail 2-1. It starts at the Wanderers on Friday.

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