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Kagiso Rabada charged after Smith incident
Australia tour of South Africa

Kagiso Rabada charged after Smith incident

South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada will face a disciplinary hearing after an incident with Australian captain Steve Smith that could result in a ban from the third Test against Australia. Cricket South Africa said Rabada, who devastated the Australian batting order on the first day of the second Test on Friday, has been charged with a level two offence over the altercation. His hearing was initially set for Saturday, but was later postponed until Sunday night with the delay put down to Chris Gaffaney, one of the on-field umpires who laid a level two charge against Rabada, falling ill. Level two offences are for conduct of a serious nature. In Rabada's case the alleged offence is that of making inappropriate or deliberate contact with another player. Rabada shouted in celebration and approached Smith aggressively after winning a leg before wicket decision against him and the shoulders of the players made contact. It is the second incident of a bad-tempered series after Australia's vice-captain David Warner was fined 75 percent of his match fee for an altercation in a stairwell with the home side's wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock. The charge against Rabada was brought by the on-field umpires, Kumar Dharmasena and Chris Gaffaney. The hearing will be conducted by International Cricket Council match referee Jeff Crowe. A Cricket South Africa spokesperson said Rabada would defend the charge and argue that the contact with Smith was accidental. If found guilty Rabada could be fined between 50 and 100 percent of his match fee and could be penalised three or four demerit points. As he already has five demerit points, which led to him being suspended for a Test match against England last year, Rabada could be liable to serve another suspension, which could rule him out of the two remaining Tests in the series.