Kagiso Rabada © Getty Images
Kagiso Rabada © Getty Images

After David Warner and Quinton de Kock were charged for their off the field spat, Kagiso Rabada faces the wrath in the second Test. He was charged with level 2 offence for his shoulder dismissal to Steven Smith on Day One. A level two charge carries a penalty of a fine and three or four demerit points. Rabada was already carrying five demerit points. In the match against Sri Lanka last year, he made what the ICC deemed “avoidable” contact with Sri Lankan batsman Niroshan Dickwella. It was followed by Rabada shouting ‘F**k off’ to Ben Stokes during the first Test at Lord’s.

Rabada also used foul language against Shikhar Dhawan during India’s tour of South Africa last month. With another demerit point under his belt, Rabada would face suspension from two Tests. Which means, Rabada could miss the remainder of the series against Australia. Rabada, however, will contest the charge on the basis that the contact was accidental.

The hearing will be conducted after completion of Day Two, second Test. On Day One, Vernon Philander wished to not comment on the incident, “That’s for the ICC to decide. He would leave a massive hole. He’s a big part of this bowling line-up,” Philander was quoted by Cricbuzz.