The Proteas started off well in the first Test match against England, reaching 82/4 on the first morning. This was however short-lived as they lost momentum the further the match progressed. They were seen dropping valuable catches, shuffling the batting order as well as the Rabada suspension.
In addition, sport24 mentions that “stand-in skipper Dean Elgar chose not to review an LBW shout against Stuart Broad that, replays revealed, was out. Broad was on 0* at the time and would go on to make 57*.”
JP Duminy became a topic of conversation as he was said to be weighing the team down. Sport24 mentions that he is “out of touch, short on confidence and runs and he is costing his side.”
The choice to let Dean Elgar lead the side in Faf du Plessis’s absence saw many supporters predicting a negative outcome from the start.
Rabada’s suspension is likewise a huge shortfall for the Proteas. Elgar emphasized that Rabada’s ban from the second match of the England series is a "big loss for Test cricket" and not just the Proteas says AFP.
Rabada was reportedly suspended after sanctioned by the ICC for giving Ben Stokes a send-off on the opening day at Lord's.
An ICC statement said: "During the opening day's play in the Lord's Test against England on Thursday, Rabada was found guilty of breaching article 2.1.7 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Player and Player Support Personnel, which relates to "using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an International Match."
"Thursday's incident related to Rabada using inappropriate language after dismissing England batsman Ben Stokes, which were audible over the stump microphones and also resulted in the batsman to turn before walking off the field."
England won by 211 runs, with a 1-0 advantage which forces the Proteas to make drastic changes for the second Test at Trent Bridge on Friday. Coach Russel Domingo’s departure further disrupted the stance of the South African team.
Domingo's mother, who was in a car accident passed away on Sunday night. Domingo rushed to the airport to get back to South Africa on Sunday following his side's 211-run loss, but when he landed in Johannesburg on Monday morning his mom had already passed away. It is unclear when he will return to England says sport24.
Du Plessis will return for the second Test which is a much-needed development for the Proteas. Hopefully, with the right decisions made Du Plessis can contribute to a South African turnaround.