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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 25 June 2018

Ban on South Africa's Kagiso Rabada overturned for remaining cricket Tests against Australia

Fast bowler's appeal against suspension for last two Tests of series heard by New Zealand judicial commissioner Michael Heron

Kagiso Rabada has been the form bowler for South Africa. Mike Hutchings / Reuters
Kagiso Rabada has been the form bowler for South Africa. Mike Hutchings / Reuters

South Africa paceman Kagiso Rabada has been cleared to play in this week's third Test against Australia by the International Cricket Council.

The 22-year-old player's two-match ban has been overturned after his charge of 'making inappropriate and deliberate physical contact' with Australia captain Steve Smith during the second Test in Port Elizabeth was downgraded following an appeal.

Rabada has instead been found guilty of 'conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game' and has been fined 25 per cent of his match fee and received one demerit point - reduced from his initial punishment of three.

That leaves Rabada on a total of seven demerit points, one short of triggering an automatic two-match suspension, and he is available for the third and penultimate Test, which starts in Cape Town on Thursday.

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Comment: Holding cricketers to a higher moral standard is simply asking to be deceived

Comment: Rabada and others punished by intrusive coverage must be cut some slack

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