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BREAKING NEWS: Rabada free to play in rest of South Africa-Australia series

383   //    20 Mar 2018, 13:49 IST
Kagiso Rabada celebrates the wicket of Steve Smith

Kagiso Rabada is free to play in the remainder of South Africa's series with Australia after the ICC deemed him "not guilty of the charge of making inappropriate and deliberate physical contact" with Steve Smith in the second Test.

Rabada received a two-Test ban, keeping him out for the rest of the series, having originally been ruled to have made inappropriate and deliberate contact with Smith after dismissing the Australia captain.

He was fined 50 per cent of his match fee and hit with three demerit points as punishment for the incident, the latter sanction prompting an automatic two-match suspension for the accumulation of eight demerit points within a 24-month period.

However, the fast bowler, who took figures of 11-150 in a match-winning performance in Port Elizabeth, appealed and, following a reported six-hour hearing, his suspension was reversed.

Rabada was found guilty of conduct contrary to the spirit of the game, receiving a fine of 25 per cent of his match fee and just the single demerit point - taking his total to seven.

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