International Cricket

Kagiso Rabada will challenge his two-match ban, could still play in the third Test at Newlands

There is a chance we could see Rabada back for the third Test match against Australia.

South Africa pacer has appealed against the Level 2 breach that resulted in a two-match following the incident with Steve Smith during the Port Elizabeth Test.

The governing body confirmed it on Wednesday in a statement, adding that the “ICC will now appoint a Judicial Commissioner at the earliest opportunity and hearing details will be confirmed in due course.”

Typically, once the independent commissioner is appointed within 48 hours of receipt of a players’ notice to appeal, the hearing must be held within seven days. CSA can argue to put Rabada’s suspension on hold while the appeal is pending and therefore allow him to play in the Newlands Test.

The pacer, on Monday, was banned for the two remaining Tests against Australia – and admitted that he would have to change how he celebrates wickets.

Rabada was found guilty of “inappropriate and deliberate physical contact” with Australian captain Steve Smith after dismissing Smith in the first innings. He was fined 50 percent of his match fee and issued three demerit points after a disciplinary hearing following his denial of the charge.

That took his total of points after three previous offences to eight and triggered an automatic two-Test ban.

“It’s going to have to stop,” he had said after his team’s win in the second Test. “I’m letting the team down and letting myself down.”

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