Kagiso Rabada has done it! The Proteas paceman won his appeal against a two-Test suspension on Tuesday and has been cleared to play the rest of the series against Australia.
Rabada was found guilty of a Level 2 breach of the ICC code of conduct by match referee Jeff Crowe following an altercation with Australian captain Steve Smith in the second Test at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth.
After dismissing Smith lbw, Rabada screamed in celebration as he walked in the direction of the batsmen, and the two players “made contact” with their shoulders, which led to Smith pointing that out to teammate Shaun Marsh.
Rabada, though, felt that it wasn’t a deliberate act, and Cricket South Africa appointed a high-profile lawyer in Advocate Dali Mpofu for the appeal, which lasted over six hours on Monday.
On Tuesday morning, independent judicial commissioner, Michael Heron QC from New Zealand, ruled that Rabada was not guilty of a Level 2 breach, but was guilty of conduct “contrary to the spirit of the game”.
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