Steve Smith questions ICCs standards after decision reversal

Kagiso Rabada has had his ban overturned

Kagiso Rabada will play in the Cape Town Test after his two-match ban for making physical contact with Steven Smith was overturned by the ICC's code of conduct appeal commissioner Michael Heron.

Rabada - the No. 1 in the ICC Test Bowlers ranking list - argued that, although there was a contact made with Smith, it was merely accidental. Asked whether he thought Rabada had made deliberate contact, Smith said: "It's not my place to make that judgment".

"This is perhaps an opportune moment to remind all players of their responsibilities to maintaining a standard of behaviour", ICC chief executive David Richardson said in a statement. "There was clearly contact", a stunned Smith told reporters. I certainly won't be telling my bowlers to go out there and after you take a wicket go and get in their space. "I don't think that is on and part of the game", Smith said. "We believe that it is the right decision at the end of the day", Gibson was quoted as saying by

The South Africa paceman was initially given three demerit points for the incident in Port Elizabeth by match referee Jeff Crowe, triggering an automatic two-Test ban. "Not saddened, because I'm quite looking forward to seeing him play but I've got to say this: this decision makes a complete mockery of everything the laws of cricket stand for", reports.

"I think in any hearing you've got to be as happy as you can be", Moosajee said after the hearing.

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Smith continued: "The other person involved not getting asked about it is pretty interesting, I thought".

The third Test starts on 22 March in Cape Town.

Gibson added that Rabada is raring to go in the third test as he seeks to add to his 15 wickets in the series that have come at a cost of just 16.80 runs each, the best return from a bowler on either side. "It was interesting the way things played out and that he was able to get the charge brought down with an appeal", he said.

"I read everything. It doesn't bother me, I like to know what is going on".

"I might have a chat to him around what's gone on", Smith said.

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Last month, Smith floated the idea of trying to provoke Rabada and it wouldn't surprise if that transpires at Newlands later this week. He says here, "I'm not comfortably satisfied that Mr Rabada meant to make contact and therefore find him not guilty" but then he goes on to say: 'I considered the conduct inappropriate, lacked respect for his fellow player and involved non-deliberate and minor contact'.

"I feel really good".

"We are pleased that he has been allowed to do that for the rest of the series". A new match referee coming in so he wanted to have a chat with the senior players so myself, Davey [David Warner] and Nathan Lyon.

After taking nine wickets in the first Test in Durban, Mitchell Starc could only manage match figures of 1 for 125 in Port Elizabeth, and the possibility of extra grass on the pitch at Newlands could make it challenging for him to find reverse swing.

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