Kagiso Rabada, though the Proteas supplement Cape Town squad with Duanne Olivier, Chris Morris for the 3rd Test against Australia, the good news is that the paceman will be allowed to play international cricket with immediate effect as declared by the International Cricket Council (ICC) today.
Rabada, however, has been found guilty of conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game, an offence under Article 2.1.1 of the Code. Imposed with a sanction of a fine of 25% of his match fee and one demerit point brings the player’s demerit points to a cumulative total of 7 and he is free to play with immediate effect.
Rabada, who has been highly influential in the two Tests so far, was given the ban for making physical contact with Australian captain Steve Smith during the second Test in Port Elizabeth. Rabada’s brush with Smith led to him being given three demerit points which took him to the eight-point threshold that triggers an automatic two-Test ban.
Here’s what went down – http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-13/rabada-guilty-of-bumping-charge-out-for-rest-of-series/9540554
The four Test series is delicately poised at one win each and the 3rd Test on Thursday is an extremely important Test Match for both teams in regards to the series.
There continues to be a lot of feeling out in the middle and there has been no love lost between both teams.
This is set to be a thrilling and hard fought match, which can’t be missed by lovers of the long format of the game.
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