After dismissing Smith lbw, Rabada screamed in celebration as he walked in the direction of the batsmen, and the two players "made contact" with their shoulders, which led to Smith pointing that out to teammate Shaun Marsh.
Mitchell Starc, Australia's match-winner in the first in Durban, has recovered from a sore calf, while Kagiso Rabada, who took 11 wickets as South Africa won the second in Port Elizabeth, has had a two-test ban overturned. In 2014, he had a ringside seat to Michael Clarke's battering by Morne Morkel, David Warner's twin centuries and Ryan Harris' heroics in the final half-hour to secure the match and series for Australia. Before the Port Elizabeth incident, which happened on the first day of the Test after Rabada had Smith lbw, the pacer had five demerit points on his disciplinary record. Another misdeed, no matter how minor, will trigger a two-test ban.
It was a mark of genuine concern, but De Villiers needn't have anxious, for Kagiso Rabada showed no visible indication that he had just attended an exhausting six-and-a-quarter hour appeal hearing for the ICC's Level 2 charge against him.
"He was very fair in the questions that he asked so I think that process is fair. It's been a big summer for them ... but I've got no doubts about Starcy". "Yes, guys have been bowling yorkers throughout the tournament but I want to see it more often". "The ICC has made the decision and we have no dramas with it".
Gibson insisted the express paceman would be in a good mental state when the series continues, pointing to how desperate he was to train on Monday after a six-hour hearing.
"He is a very strong character", he said of Rabada".
"I guess the emotion after you get out he's won the battle".
Independent commissioner Michael Heron, a New Zealand QC, overturned that verdict and noted he was "not comfortably satisfied that Mr. Rabada meant to make contact".
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"I'm not a huge fan of seeing all the send offs and the nasty stuff that's going on behind the scenes", Rogers continued.
That could make the accuracy and persistence of South Africa's Vernon Philander and Australia's Josh Hazlewood could be crucial.
The ICC Code of Conduct appeal commissioner has overturned South African pacer Kagiso Rabada's two-match suspension.
In his judgement, Heron said that he was not satisfied that Rabada's physical contact with Smith matched the "inappropriate and deliberate" definition covered by the International Cricket Council's code of conduct.
"Hopefully all the players, not only him, can play in the right spirit for the rest of the series".
"If Australia win the series and Rabada has played all the Tests then they can say they're thoroughly deserving".
Australian spin bowler Nathan Lyon said his team respected the ICC decision.
Although Smith claimed "it didn t bother me too much", he went on to say, "they ve obviously decided what s deliberate contact and what s not and apparently it wasn t".