South Africa's Kagiso Rabada cleared to face Australia after ban is overturned

Ruben Hill
March 20, 2018

After a marathon hearing on Monday, Rabada was found not-guilty of deliberately making physical contact with Australia skipper Steve Smith in the second Test. "I am not "comfortably satisfied" that Mr. Rabada meant to make contact and I therefore find him not guilty of the charge under 2.2.7".

Following a hearing, which lasted over six hours and was done via video conference, Rabada's Level 2 charge was downgraded to Level 1, and he was fined just 25 percent of his match fee and given one demerit point.

But the charge was reduced on appeal, leaving him free to play.

"I am entitled, however, to consider whether the conduct involved constitutes a lower level offence".

"I consider the conduct was inappropriate, lacked respect for his fellow player and involved non-deliberate and minor contact", Heron said in a statement Tuesday.

Rabada was voted player of the match after taking 11 wickets series-leveling win in South Africa at Port Elizabeth and his availability for the third test in Cape Town starting Thursday is a boost for the hosts.

Rabada is indisputably one of those ... a situation only confirmed by his return after the Port Elizabeth second Test (the series is tantalisingly locked at 1-1) to top spot on the ICC bowler rankings, leapfrogging England's James Anderson. "It comes from both sides and it's what you expect when you are playing against quality opposition".

The ICC chief executive David Richardson said that the governing body accepted the decision to overturn the ban and would not be appealing.

"It's exciting, as Australian cricketers we always want to play against best and he is the number one bowler in the world, so it will be a challenge for all of us that have to bat", Lyon told reporters.

That took Rabada to the eight points and triggered the ban‚ but he appealed the decision and prominent advocate Dali Mpofu was appointed to fight the case.

Cricket South Africa welcomed the outcome stating that it was the organisation's first appeal before the International Cricket Council that was successful.

Moroe said: "It is now important that everybody gets the focus back where it belongs on the game of cricket".

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