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Charl Langeveldt backs Rabada to come back strong after suspension

Kagiso Rabada will be available for the third Test against England
Kagiso Rabada will be available for the third Test against England

South Africa bowling coach Charl Langeveldt is backing speedster Kagiso Rabada to make a strong statement in the third Test at The Oval on his comeback from suspension.

The 22-year-old missed the second game of the series at Trent Bridge after he had accumulated four demerit points over the period of two years with the latest indisciplinary action coming in the first Test against England at Lord's when he was handed one demerit point for his aggressive send-off to all-rounder Ben Stokes.

“He is the type of guy who steps up when the heat is on. Having KG back is a big bonus for us," said Langeveldt.

"He is a youngster with a lot of energy, he will come with a lot of energy. I have no doubt he will step up... he will be raring to go".

Earlier, Rabada was slammed with three demerit points for his physical contact with Sri Lanka wicket-keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella during the home series in February but Langeveldt is confident that the Lions pacer will become strong with such incidents.

"He has been positive. He was obviously disappointed about what happened but he has learned from that," Langeveldt added.

"The important thing about an incident like this is to learn from it so that it doesn’t happen again.

"KG is a strong character and he was positive the whole week, he said come Thursday he wants to be ready for the test."

South Africa managed to bounce from their defeat at Lord's with a 340-run win at Trent Bridge as the series is currently levelled at 1-1.

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