Rabada cleared to play for South Africa

Mar 24, 2018, 06:28
Rabada cleared to play for South Africa

Then there is Smith's contention that Rabada's reprieve could lead to a flood of appeals lodged by teams willing to roll the dice when a player has fallen foul of the referee's ruling.

Australia captain Steve Smith says there is now a "line in the sand" when it comes to physical contact on the cricket field after Kagiso Rabada had his two-Test ban overturned.

South Africa are trying to tune out the noise behind the scenes of a bad-tempered series against Australia and focus on the third Test, opening batsman Dean Elgar said yesterday. Get a free 2-week Foxtel Now trial & start watching in minutes.

Was Gibson concerned that the Aussies would try and goad Rabada into earning another demerit point at Newlands and with it another ban for the fourth test at the Wanderers on March 30? We believe that it is the right decision at the end of the day.

The 28-year old said, "It's pretty interesting when you're, I guess, looking for evidence and those kind of things". "I would have saved that for a hearing but I wasn't asked to stand in on it".

"Sorry, but that was deliberate contact".

Rabada has now been booked for five separate incidents during the past 13 months.

"We have raised issues in the past around, not the Code of Conduct, but the inconsistent application of the Code of Conduct". Andy Pycroft of Zimbabwe will take over from New Zealand's Jeff Crowe as match referee, while three English umpires will officiate in the middle and as television umpire.

Steve Smith has raised concerns over the successful appeal of South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada
GETTY IMAGES Steve Smith has raised concerns over the successful appeal of South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada

Rabada's availability simplifies South Africa's selection after the hosts named a squad of 17 players to allow for a variety of combinations. The blacks love him, the whites love him. "I was there at that hearing and I said to our people that even if we didn't win that case, I was very impressed with the judge and how he listened to both sides".

"They had a very good lawyer, Dali Mpofu, who's a national celebrity, a former freedom fighter".

"That was a bit over the top. that's all a load of garbage", he said. But it doesn't change it, the law should be the law. "He's good, I like him". He either elbowed him or he didn't. He's got a set of skills which helps us out as a team.

"He's a smart kid and I'm sure he's learnt his lesson from what happened last week", Gibson said. He's got off that now.

Rabada had already pleaded guilty to a second charge in Port Elizabeth, of shouting in Australia batsman David Warner's face when he got him out. That's what disappoints me as a cricket fan.

Heron's decision‚ which rescinded two of those points‚ reeled Rabada back into the frame for the third test at Newlands on Thursday.

The ICC said it accepted the decision of the independent judicial hearing but also reminded players of their "responsibilities to maintaining a standard of behavior which sets a good example to players at all levels of the game".