South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has expressed the difficulties of featuring in all three formats with a tight schedule. Rabada admitted that he gets tired at times and highlighted that it is only human to feel so.
“The volume of cricket that you play these days, I won’t even lie – as much as we love the game and I always get back into like wanting to play and wanting to have the drive, sometimes it’s hard to get the drive with the amount of cricket that we play,” Kagiso Rabada said as per cricket.com.au.
“At the end of the day, we are human beings. Imagine being up for every single game that you play with the amount of fixtures that we have,” he added.
He has joined the likes of players like Ben Stokes, and Quinton De Kock who have spoken about hectic schedules. In recent times several senior New Zealand players like James Neesham, Trent Boult and Martin Guptill are currently cancelling their central contracts due to the hectic schedule.
The Test Series between Australia and South Africa began today at the Gabba, Brisbane. The speedster stepped up to the occasion and delivered after an under-par batting performance in the first innings. Rabada dismissed Australia opener, David Warner, for a golden duck.
Anrich Nortje and Marco Jansen followed Rabada and dismissed Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne to set up a comeback. However, Steve Smith and Travis Head formed a 113-run partnership which was enough to put Australia in the driver’s seat. However, with two quick wickets right before the end of the day’s play, the Proteas are once again back in the game.
It is an evenly matched battle at the start of Day 2.