NASSER HUSSAIN: The outburst of Kagiso Rabada was raw emotion, pure theater and passion … I don't want to see cricket played by 22 robots
- Kagiso Rabada got a hand prohibition to keep him from the fourth test
- The South African pacer celebrated wildly after taking Joe Root's wicket
- Although Rabada already had three demerits the ban feels harsh
- Sport is about passion and emotion and I don't want to see it played by robots
Yes, I know that Kagiso Rabada already had you points left and is a serial offender. He has probably been warned about his behavior time and time again.
And when I sent an e-mail to Shaun Pollock for this series and said: & # 39; Tell me how the oxtail goes & # 39 ;, he replied that the only concern was that he still had his emotions still not under control.
So after being warned of an exaggerated response to Zak Crawley's resignation in Newlands in the second test, it was stupid to celebrate him when he released Joe Root here on the first day.
justified a fourth penalty point
But let's put it in context t and watch the incident itself.
That was 33 degrees Celsius with high humidity in Port Elizabeth and Oxtail bowling at a flat pitch for the English captain after he was refused the new ball. He then produced a jaffa to take root. There was no physical or eye contact and no sledding. And I didn't hear anyone say Thursday that his celebration justified a point of punishment. Nor did I hear anyone from the English camp complain.
If the game has a law that says that a bowler should not invade the batsman's room because it could provoke him, the law is frankly a donkey. And it's easy to sit up straight in an air-conditioned media box and become totally powerful about it.
This was ru we emotion, it was theater and it was passionate. OK, Oxtail may have celebrated a garden farther from Root, but I don't want to see 22 robots on the cricket ground. Emotion makes Oxtail the cricket player he is.
The ICC is in charge of the regulations, but they are also responsible for the protection of the health of Test cricket, a game that we are constantly told is dying. And the final test at the Wanderers will now be a less spectacle for the absence of Oxtail. Again, the game has shot itself in the foot – but only has Oxtail.
Peter Crouch is a columnist for Sportsmail  
English legend and new signing of Sportsmail Jill Scott has the nickname after Peter Crouch – so who can interview better than the man himself? They talk about robots, world cups, bus stops – and they laugh a lot!
Scott, who has played in four World Cups, has played 143 teams for his country and has become a champion on the part of Phil Neville's lionesses.
CROUCHY MEETS & # 39; CROUCHY & # 39;
PETER CROUCH: I have to start asking you this question – is it true that they call you & # 39; Crouchy & # 39 ;?
JILL SCOTT: Yes! In one of my first games for Everton years ago I did the robot after I scored!
CROUCH: Seriously? Not really!
SCOTT: Since I did it, I was called it. Mind you, your version is a bit better than mine …
CROUCH: It's great to see you after what was a fantastic summer. How do you look back at the World Cup and, more importantly, how the profile of women's football has changed?
SCOTT: When you are on the road, people come by and ask for a photo. I love meeting people. You get tweets that say: & # 39; I saw you in the supermarket & # 39; and I said to them: & # 39; Why didn't you come to say hello? & # 39; I'm sure you will be recognized all the time, but that side of the game has definitely improved enormously.
For the younger players, it is a matter of trying to remind them that it has not always been that way. One of the things that was great last season – and it was another big thing for women's football – was that we could take part in the men's bus parade for Manchester City. We had our own bus and trophies (City won the FA Cup and League Cup). It was amazing. The bus had our photos on it. We went first – ladies first! – but the crowd was fantastic.
Crouch recently sat down sit with England legend and new Sportsmail signing Jill Scott
CROUCH: How did you find the difference from when you first started playing until now? The interest since the World Cup?
SCOTT: My god, it's huge! Even when I was 25, I was in Everton and not full time. I had a part-time coach in Sunderland, so I travel to Liverpool three times a week for training. I would play on Sunday. Just to get here (to the city), you get breakfast and things like that. It is so much more professional. There is a huge change.
CROUCH: You must have traveled nearly 1,000 miles a week at one point.
SCOTT: It was 176 miles from door to door. I know because I have noted it so much on my expenses! There was a time when we didn't even get expenses. I went to the University of Loughborough and got a student loan because I had a FA scholarship. I incurred this huge debt because I used it to travel – and never got my diploma!
Scott got his nickname & # 39; Crouchy & # 39; after running the robot in one of his first Everton games
Scott and his teammates took part in the Man City men's bus parade at the end of last season
But you know what? If I could ever go back to football, it would be. The girls I met … it wasn't as serious as it is now. We trained twice a week, there was a bit of a social scene. Now? You can't afford to relax.
We have tried to arrange social issues for our team here, to involve the new girls. If you play three times a week, you can't be: & # 39; Let's go out! & # 39;
CROUCH: What is the best or strangest moment since the summer when you realized how much life had changed?
SCOTT: I am a huge Sunderland fan and had a season ticket growing up. Grant Leadbitter is now their captain. We played Manchester United in the Etihad. When we came out, everyone stood in line for signatures. And there is Grant, standing in line, with his two daughters waiting for signatures.
He had just gone to the club shop and bought a kit for one of the girls with my name on it. His wife said: & # 39; I am really sorry to bother you & # 39; because she is used to Grant getting that attention.
It was a moment when I thought how much it had changed. Even when you're around the academy, the young boys who are under 8 years old, under 10 years old, under 12 years old, you can see them say: & # 39; That's a first teamer & # 39 ;. It's not like: & # 39; There is the ladies team & # 39 ;. There are minor changes now because you were used to certain tags in the past. When I was in high school, I had to fight to get a girls soccer team. It is now a fact that there will be one.
Scott revealed that she coached part-time in Sunderland while playing for Everton on 25
Grant Lead bitter stood in line with his two daughters waiting for Scott's signature
CROUCH: How did the atmosphere of the games change?
SCOTT: Apparently we won't be coming to 30,000 in every game, like when we played Manchester United, but more people are showing up. We must build on this. There was a huge influx of interest in the game after the last World Cup (in 2015) but then it died. Our challenge is to continue to perform to get people back. We sold 70,000 tickets to the Wembley match in November and more than 20,000 tickets go to the Riverside Stadium for the match against Brazil. Even to get those numbers is incredible. I remember that we got 5000 for international games.
CROUCH: How much of your life is England and around it – 143 caps are just insane.
SCOTT: It's huge. I was asked why I never went abroad to play, because there were certain parts of my career when I could have gone. I have always given priority to playing for England. The older you get, the more you realize what it means.
I am very proud that I have played for England so often. As a child you don't even imagine making your debut in England. Reaching my 100th cap (against Australia in October 2015) was one of my most proud moments. You had a good goal-to-play ratio, didn't you?
CROUCH: Oh, you know … just out of my head, I think it was 22 out of 42! (both start laughing.) Seriously, I always had the feeling that I was going to score for England. Not because I was world class, but I just felt that many international teams couldn't handle me. Then I played with David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole, Wayne Rooney … I had so many class players who played on my strengths. It was perfect. I loved it.
Sportsmail discussed Crouch and Scott their international career with England
SCOTT: I don't just say it because you are here, but you could have gone on for so much longer. Your goals-to-games … if they had been other players. That record, every striker would be internationally proud of it. It is huge.
CROUCH: I've always had the feeling of & # 39; Plan B & # 39 ;, to be honest. I get it – if Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney were fit, they would start. You started most of your games, right?
SCOTT: However, I never classify myself as a starter. It is different with England. The first World Cup in 2007, I didn't think I'd play for a minute. But due to injuries and suspensions, I finally played the whole thing.
Then I went to the euro in 2009, didn't play, but came in the semi-final to score the goal that took us to the end. I always say to the younger players, playing for England is about moments: if you get a moment, take it. I have had some good moments.
CROUCH: Was there a part of you who wanted to enjoy the World Cup a little more this summer? The last year, when I was sitting on the couch, it felt every time I came and scored as if it could be the last one, so I enjoyed it so much more. I made a conscious effort to enjoy it.
SCOTT: You can think about things. When I entered the World Cup, I tried to leave Twitter and things like that. I have probably seen my best World Cup from an individual perspective. You know it won't go on forever, but I'm looking forward to the next chapter.
CROUCH: You're 32 now, so you have plenty of years ahead of you – I heard Phil Neville said you could keep playing until you were 40. Have you started thinking about retirement?
SCOTT: You know what, I feel that as soon as I hit 30, people call it much more. They always ask: & # 39; What are you going to do now & & # 39;
CROUCH: I found that! All the time. I played for eight more years! Thirty-eight!
SCOTT: People talk to me about the transition from football. They put it in your head and then you get this mental battle. Should I stop? Do I have to prove that people are wrong and engage?
CROUCH: I kind of went that way. When I was 34, people wrote me off. It felt like my age was a stigma. I was with Stoke then, but I still felt that I was the best striker. Because I was 34, I had to sit on the couch. I kept asking why. I came back and played 30 games the following season, but then it was back on the couch.
SCOTT: You don't want to get used to an excuse. We do our fitness tests and I am still in second place for the entire team. If I can keep myself above that, I'll be fine. Some girls are now half my age … 16! It certainly gets harder every year, but I don't know if it is the mental struggle rather than the physical struggle.
CROUCH: How did you like Phil Neville?
SCOTT: I like him.
CROUCH: Come on, tell the truth!
SCOTT: Ha! I really like him. Of all the managers I have had, his management side has been really good with me. I don't know if it's because he was an older player. He gets it a bit more. He will say to me: & # 39; Jill, you don't have to take the fitness test today – we know you'll be up there & # 39 ;. He gets it with the older players. He is very hardworking. He was working hard and I think he recognizes that in me. Do you have a lot to do with him?
Scott , who has won 143 English hats, believes that women's coaches can manage in ee n man's play
The 32-year-old midfielder played in a remarkable four World Cups for the leeu win
CROUCH: God, yes. We were in England together. He was great – a top professional. You could see that he would become good at management. Do you think there could ever be female coaches in the men's game?
SCOTT: It looks like everything. Look at the police – if a woman can do the same job as a man, we shouldn't look at the gender. It is always talked about. If someone is good enough, let him do the work. I think so.
CROUCH: I hear Emma Hayes from Chelsea – she always speaks very well and is well-regarded.
SCOTT: There are some great female coaches. Maybe only one is needed to participate and it goes from there. You have seen with referee and Sian Massey. Once it happens, it's the norm. I hope one day we can escape: & # 39; It's a man, it's a woman. & # 39;
I look at managers I have had. We have Nick Cushing here. But I have worked with Mo Marley. I never look at them and think & # 39; male, female & # 39 ;. I look at the attributes that they bring. (She pauses and raises an eyebrow.) What do you think it would be like to be managed by a woman?
CROUCH: I don't really know …
SCOTT: Well, I mean, you do every day, don't you! (both start to roar with laughter again.)
CROUCH: Think about it, you don't know how true that is! You hit the nail on the head. As you say, it's all about the best person for the job. I could first work with a coach and then build it up.
SCOTT: That's right. Build it up until observations change.
Crouch performs its famous robot celebration for England against Jamaica in in 2006
Use this search form to search by keyword "]