South Africa bowler Kagiso Rabada admits that he has let his teammates down after being banned for the last Test match with England.
Rabada picked up the ban after receiving a fourth active demerit point for his intimidating reaction to bowling out Joe Root in Port Elizabeth.
He now misses the final Test at the Wanderers this Friday with his side 2-1 down in the series.
Rabada determined to improve
Rabada says that the situation can’t keep happening.
He said: “It's something that I didn't expect, whether it was the right thing to ban me or the wrong thing, the reality is that I am banned,” Rabada said in a press conference. “Obviously, it hurts, but I guess it gives me a chance to work on my game and gives me a chance to have a bit of a rest.
“I mean, it can't keep happening, because I am letting the team down and I am letting myself down. It just can't keep happening, that is why it hurts so much.”
The home side have a few key men back for the final Test even if Rabada will be a huge miss for them.
Temba Bavuma, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keegan Petersen and Beuran Hendricks return.
“We were all together as a squad before the Centurion Test, there was a really good vibe,” Rabada added.
“Those guys are coming back now, there's going to be good vibes again. We are familiar with everyone that was here in the squad, and now when they come back it's going to be like we are reunited. Yeah, it'll be good to finish off with the whole squad being around and finishing off with a win.”
“Everyone in our change room, I am 100% sure, are strong characters, and we just need to bounce back. I think, mentally, we need to get into a clear space, so that when we get to Wanderers, we can really play without any second thoughts, and have a good idea about how we want to go about our situation.”