Rabada cleared to play Australia test matches

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South Africa paceman Kagiso Rabada is allowed to play international cricket with immediate effect.

Rabada is also available for selection for Newlands Test against Australia, starting on Thursday.

He has been found not guilty of the charge of making inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with Steve Smith following a hearing.

Rabada’s sanction for the incident with Australia captain Steve Smith in the 2nd test has been reduced to one demerit point, after it was downgraded to the level one offence of “conduct contrary to the spirit of the game”.

That means he now has a total of seven demerits. But he will be banned for two matches automatically if he reaches the next threshold of eighty points.
The change follows an appeal heard on Monday by Judicial Commissioner Michael Herro of New Zealand.

Advocate Dali Mpofu represented Rabada at the hearing, held via video conference, which lasted most of the day.

Team manager Mohammed Moosaajee and Proteas captain Faf du Plessis were also there.