Rabada's ban overturned; cleared to play 3rd Test

South African spearhead Kagiso Rabada will play in the third Test in Cape Town after successfully overturning a two-match suspension for making contact with Australia captain Steve Smith.

Initially charged with a Level 2 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct for making inappropriate and deliberate physical conduct with Smith on day one of the second Test, Rabada has instead been found guilty of conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game.

It means Rabada’s three demerit point penalty from the original charge has been erased and replaced with one demerit point, taking his total to seven and allowing him to continue to play in the rest of the series.

Judicial Commissioner Mike Heron QC could not find enough evidence to suggest Rabada made deliberate contact with Smith.

(Agencies)