- The ICC have downgraded Kasigo Rabada’s punishment for recent altercation
- Rabada clashed shoulders with Australia captain Steve Smith after dismissal
- He was banned for two matches but that decision has been reversed
- Fast bowler is now free to play in the third Test in Cape Town on Thursday
South Africa paceman Kagiso Rabada has been cleared to play in this week’s third Test against Australia by the International Cricket Council.
The 22-year-old’s two-match ban has been overturned after his charge of making ‘inappropriate and deliberate physical contact’ with Australia skipper Steve Smith during the second Test in Port Elizabeth was downgraded following an appeal.
Rabada had initially been fined 50 per cent of his match fee and given three demerit points after being found guilty of deliberately brushing shoulders with Smith while celebrating his dismissal on the opening day.
Kagiso Rabada was hit with a Level Two charge after brushing against Australia’s Steve Smith
The South Africa bowler appeared to lean into Smith after dismissing him in the first innings
The fast bowler appealed against the suspension and, following an ICC hearing on Monday, it was announced on Tuesday morning that Rabada had been found not guilty of a Level Two offence.
Instead, the ICC said in a statement that Rabada had been found guilty of the lower-level offence of ‘conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game’ and been fined 25 per cent of his match fee and received one demerit point.
That leaves Rabada on a total of seven demerit points, one short of triggering an automatic two-match suspension, and he is available for the third and penultimate Test, which starts in Cape Town on Thursday.
But Rabadahas had his two-match suspension overturned on appeal and is free to play again
Rabada had previously accepted a second charge of ‘using language, actions or gestures which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his or her dismissal’ following an incident involving Australia opener David Warner in the second Test.
He was fined a further 15 per cent of his match fee and received one demerit point.
The four-match series is level at 1-1 after South Africa won by six wickets in Port Elizabeth.