We'll keep Kagiso Rabada in check, says Ottis Gibson

Kagiso Rabada will be available for selection in South Africa’s 3rd Test against Australia in Newlands

Kagiso Rabada will be available for selection in South Africa’s 3rd Test against Australia in Newlands

"I don't think that is on and part of the game", ESPNcricinfo quoted Smith, as saying.

"I certainly think he bumped me a little bit harder than it actually looked on the footage". "I would have saved that for a hearing but I wasn't asked to stand in on it".

"I'll just give you two sentences". I consider the conduct was inappropriate, lacked respect for his fellow player and involved non-deliberate and minor contact. "But they've obviously decided what's deliberate contact and what's not, and apparently it wasn't".

Former Proteas captain Graeme Smith echoed his ex-England counterpart Michael Vaughan, who tweeted: "Well done ICC".

The third test, which starts in Cape Town on Thursday, is expected to be another fiery encounter between the rivals.

Rabada took 11 wickets in the second Test at Port Elizabeth to help the hosts level the four-match series at 1-1.

International Cricket Council judicial officer Mike Heron downgraded Rabada's punishment for brushing shoulders with Australian captain Steven Smith to a Level One offence, and only docked him one demerit point.

Was Gibson concerned that the Aussies would try and goad Rabada into earning another demerit point at Newlands and with it another ban for the fourth test at the Wanderers on March 30?

"You always want your best players available to play so maybe, particularly now that we know people can get off, that's for sure", Smith said. That also didn't constitute enough demerit points for a suspension. "Hopefully, we can do that and get ourselves up 2-1 in the series".

Australia will need Smith to be at his best if they want to triumph over a resurgent South Africa and maintain their impeccable record.

The South Africans are showing impressive sense and sensibility by not crowing the outcome of the appeal as a victory of sorts‚ not least because they still have a series to win and because Rabada remains just a point away from another ban. Du Plessis said two positions were being debated in the South African camp with a fit-again Temba Bavuma challenging for a batting place ahead of Theunis de Bruyn and fast bowler Morne Morkel possibly replacing Lungi Ngidi, who had a "toe niggle".

In the recent past, Australia have only challenged a sanction once - ironically for a contact between Mitchell Johnson and Ben Stokes where incidentally Jeff Crowe was the presiding official.

Disciplinary system is flawed. "The actions contravened the principle that a dismissed batsman should be left alone". "The ICC have set the standard, haven't they?" he said. There has been a massive drop of 81.81% in the partnership average from series against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe to that against India and Australia.

Two pieces of news regarding Kagiso Rabada have emerged since the Port Elizabeth Test.

Coach Ottis Gibson said the Proteas leadership will be doing their best to help Kagiso Rabada literally channel his enthusiasm in the right direction following his successful appeal against his banning from the rest of the Test series against Australia on Tuesday.

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