SA vs AUS 2018: Result on Rabada's ban appeal to be out by Wednesday

The third Test starts on Thursday.

Steve Smith - Kagiso Rabada. (Getty)

March 22 will be the date which kicks off the third Test between South Africa and Australia at Newlands in Cape Town. Prior to that, the result on Kagiso Rabada's ban appeal against the ban handed to him is expected to be out by Wednesday. 

Rabada was handed a two-Test match ban after his ugly altercation with Australian skipper Steve Smith in the second Test match in Port Elizabeth. 

Cricket South Africa said the International Cricket Council would announce the outcome by Wednesday, the day before the start of the third Test against Australia. The series is currently 1-1. Rabada's brush with Smith led to him being given three demerit points which took him to the eight-point threshold that triggers an automatic two-Test ban. 

The series so far has been marred by many controversies. Amidst all two Test matches also have been played both of which have yielded a result. Players and match officials have had their task cut out with the controversies, also the ICC have been kept really busy regarding monitoring the development of all of these hiccups in the series. 

Meanwhile, former Australian pacer Brett Lee has batted for controlled aggression in the game with the on-field behavior not "crossing the line". But at the same time, he said that he does not want robots on the field. 

According to a report in AFP, Lee told reporters in Colombo, “The thing that I will say about that, in all honesty, is we don't want robots on the field. Of course, there is a line that the players should not cross. You don't racially vilify someone. You don't use excessive swearing or stuff that can upset children who are listening in. Other than that you've got to play hard cricket.”

He further added, “Now I am not saying I agree with what happened and I am not saying that I don't agree with what happened, but what I can say is that we don't want to get into a stage where players can't even look at a batsman, batsman can't even look at a bowler without getting into trouble.”


By Anshuman Roy - 20 Mar, 2018

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