Proteas speedster Kagiso Rabada's appeal against his two-Test suspension has given South African cricket fans a smidgen of hope.
Kagiso Rabada, the star South African fast bowler, has appealed a ban that has ruled him out of the remaining two Tests of a series against Australia, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Wednesday (March 14).
"Havent really seen the fotage of this incident but by the looks of this.Steve Smith gave KG the shoulder [sic]", the initial post read.
Although there was contact made with Smith, Rabada maintains that it was accidental and at the time he was not even aware he had brushed against his opponent. Philander, who played the match in question, had also took a dig at the Australian skipper in the tweet stating that Smith could have avoided contact and it seemed that Smith could have tried "some football skills to get a penalty".
A tweet from Vernon Philander's account - which the paceman on Thursday morning described as being "hacked" - rather sillily accused Smith of simulating the whole incident, expressing surprise that he did not dive to the ground as well.
Good morning all my tweeps. "Sorry for all the drama or entertainment caused", he wrote on Twitter, deleting the previous message. They were involved in a mid-pitch collision during the infamous 2016 Test in Hobart, where Philander hit the deck and left the field in great pain but returned later in the day to help skittle the hosts for 85.
Rabada was given three demerit points for the shoulder bump in Port Elizabeth, taking him to eight within a two-year period, which triggered an automatic two- match suspension.
However, the ICC had penalized Virat Kohli 25 percent of his match-fee for repeatedly complaining to the umpires in the second Test. Kohli was also handed one demerit point.
PORT ELIZABETH -South Africa were on the brink of levelling the series here at St George's Park in the second Test at lunch on day four.
Due to this action, three demerit points were added to his previous five, triggering a two-Test ban.
"He's a world class bowler and you always want to come up against the best, that's for sure", Smith said.
The ugly verbal stoush involving de Kock and Warner, which spilled into the players' tunnel during the first Test in Durban, has dominated the headlines for most of the series.