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ICC Lifts Ban as Rabada To Be Available For Aussie Tests

Cape Town (March 20, 2018): Kagiso Rabada, South African pacer, cleared to play the remaining two Tests against Australia after winning an appeal on Tuesday against his ban over an alleged shoulder barge.

The pacer had his punishment for brushing against the shoulder of Australia captain Steven Smith in the second test in Port Elizabeth reduced from a fine of 50 percent of his match fee and three demerit points, to 25 percent and one demerit point.He, however, was found guilty of a lesser charge of “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game” on appeal by Judicial Commissioner Michael Heron, according to a statement from the ICC on Tuesday.

That leaves Rabada´s total of demerit points over the last 24 months on seven, one fewer than the threshold that would trigger an automatic two-match suspension.

He received a demerit point for a send-off to Australian opener David Warner in the same game.

Currently the top ranked test bowler in the world, Rabada is free to play the third test that starts in Cape Town on Thursday, with the tempestuous four-match series square at 1-1.

 

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