Image courtesy of: Zimbio
South Africa pace bowler will miss the last two Tests against Australia unless he manages to overturn a level two charge the International Cricket Council (ICC) have handed him for shoulder barging Australia captain Steve Smith.
The incident occurred on the opening day of the second Test in Port Elizabeth when Rabada trapped Smith lbw for 25.
Upon dismissing Smith, Rabada yelled “Yes, yes” in Smith’s direction before his shoulder collided with Smith’s shoulder.
Rabada already has five demerit points to his name and could receive three more for his actions. This would equate to a two-Test ban.
It has been confirmed that match referee Jeff Crowe will hold a hearing after the third day of the second Test on Sunday.
Rabada received his first three demerit points in February last year when he shoulder barged Sri Lanka wickekeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella.
In July 2017, he was given another demerit point for swearing at England all-rounder Ben Stokes after dismissing him during the first Test at Lord’s.
His fifth demerit point came last month when he removed India opener Shikhar Dhawan and proceeded to wave goodbye and say “f*** off”.
The incident involving Rabada comes after Australia vice-captain David Warner and South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock were fined for their altercation on the fourth day of the first Test in Durban.
Warner, who had to be physically restrained by his teammates, was fined 75 percent of his match fee and handed three demerit points, while De Kock was fined 25 percent of his match fee and given one demerit point.
Australia spinner Nathan Lyon was also fined 15 percent of his match fee and received one demerit point during the first Test as he dropped the ball on South Africa batsman AB de Villiers after running him out.