The Protea’s team management has decided to fight against the suspension of Kagiso Rabada. It has informed the International Cricket Council (ICC) that it will challenge the decision to ban him for two test matches, essentially for the rest of the series against Australia.

Rabada was banned after he was found guilty of a level 2 offense, for his contact with Steve Smith when he bowled him out on the third day of the 2nd test in Port Elizabeth.

Those three demerit points already took him over the threshold for suspension, and he was hit with another for his passionate send-off of David Warner the next day.

Those incidents, as well as the off field altercation between Warner and Quinton de Kock, have increased the tension in the series significantly.

Many cricket fans and former players have lashed out at the Australians though, saying they need to learn to take the kind of sledging they’re famous for handing out.

The ICC now has 48 hours to appoint a judicial commissioner, and the hearing must take place within seven days.

The next test starts in 8 days’ time, in Cape Town next Thursday.