The 22-year-old admitted he needed to tone down his wicket celebrations in the wake of the Smith incident but maintained that the contact with Smith was accidental and he had not intended to brush against the batsman.
#BreakingNews #CSANews #ICCnews Rabada not guilty of Level 2 offence; available for third Australia Test https://t.co/i6Ia1yWP4G#RabadaAppeal #ProteaFire #SAvAUS #SunfoilTest pic.twitter.com/gFV24v0QiW— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) March 20, 2018
Match referee Jeff Crowe believed otherwise when imposing the initial punishment, but that has now been overturned after Cricket South Africa engaged the services of high-profile local advocate Dali Mpofu to fight Rabada’s case in an appeal hearing that took place on Monday. "The key issue is whether Mr Rabada made ‘inappropriate and deliberate physical contact’ with Mr Smith. I am not ‘comfortably satisfied’ that Mr Rabada intended to make contact and I therefore find him not guilty of the charge...,” Heron said in the summary of his verdict.
"South Africa bowler Kagiso Rabada has been found not guilty of the charge of making inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with a player following a hearing before the Right Honourable Michael Heron QC yesterday." - ICC press release. #RabadaAppeal pic.twitter.com/7t2yOGWNTk— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) March 20, 2018
"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. The actions contravened the principle that a dismissed batsman should be left alone. "I consider a penalty of the imposition of a fine of 25 percent of the applicable match fee to be the appropriate penalty for the breach of Article 2.1.1. "As a consequence, 1 demerit point accrues. Mr. Rabada will be well aware of the consequences of any further breaches of the code." Rabada has taken 15 wickets in the series so far at an average of 16.80, the most successful bowler from either side.
South Africa pace bowler Kagiso Rabada can play in the final two Test matches against Australia after he won an appeal to have his series ban reduced.https://t.co/CHyUqmMUaP pic.twitter.com/ZlRLA23R3E— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) March 20, 2018