Rabada rattles through Australia after Warner's bright start

Rabada rattles through Australia after Warner's bright start

The hearing will be conducted by the match-referee Jeff Crowe who was also at the helm during David Warner and Quinton de Kock spat.

Australia has been rolled for 243 on day one of the second test against South Africa in Port Elizabeth.

Feb, 2017: Inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with Sri Lanka's Niroshan Dickwella.

With Rabada having already accrued five demerit points and previously been banned for one Test, he is potentially one misdemeanour away from a two-Test sanction.

If found guilty, Rabada could be fined as much as 100 per cent of his match fee and, because of previous offences, might be suspended from the third and fourth Tests of what is proving an ill-tempered series.

A Cricket South Africa spokesperson said Rabada would defend the charge and argue that the contact with Smith was accidental.

Rabada, who missed a Test against England past year because of a send-off of Ben Stokes, knows this as well as anybody.

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Vernon Philander made light of his teammate's blow-up, saying "I don't even recall there being a send-off". "It's a little bit unfair".

Umpires made a beeline for South Africa captain Faf du Plessis after the incident, registering their disappointment.

Ravi, the designated television match official, was on the field with New Zealand umpire Chris Gaffaney feeling unwell.

Three more points will trigger an automatic two-Test suspension and he is expected to learn his fate on Saturday morning (South Africa time).

Smith had raised eyebrows at the toss with his decision to bat in what were clearly bowling conditions but stated that if the batsmen could get through the first hour a big first innings score is on the cards.

South Africa lost just one wicket in the first two sessions, nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada for 29, after starting the day on 39-1.

There were six boundaries for the Proteas fast bowler including a sumptuous on-drive off Josh Hazlewood.