Rabada handed two-game suspension

South African bowler Kagiso Rabada has been suspended for two Test matches after being found guilty of a level 2 code of conduct offence. The incident took place during the second Test in Port Elizabeth on Friday when Rabada made physical contact with Australian captain Steve Smith.

The fast bowler was also handed a misconduct charge on day three after dismissing David Warner, which furthered his fine to 65% of his match fee.

Rabada appeared to have brushed shoulders with Smith, following the Australia captain’s dismissal during South Africa’s six-wicket victory, which tied the series at 1-1 with two matches left. The ICC rejected Rabada’s defence that the contact was accidental as they judged it as “inappropriate and deliberate”.

The newly crowned number 1 Test bowler will now miss the rest of the series unless an appeal is launched. The South African team will without a doubt miss the 22-year-old as he took 11 wickets in the last Test match. This is not the first suspension for Rabada as he was banned from a Test match against England last summer due to an altercation with Ben Stokes.

The third Test starts on 22 March in Cape Town.

Edited by Zuzanna Marciniak

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