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Australia in South Africa: Vernon Philander sledges Steve Smith on Twitter

15 March 2018

After the end of the second Test between South Africa and Australia, the 22-year-old fast bowler returned figures of 11/ 150, which helped the hosts win the Port Elizabeth Test and level the series at 1-1.

Due to this action, three demerit points were added to his previous five, triggering a two-Test ban. Rabada was charged with a Level 2 offence by the ICC - which he contested saying the contact was unintentional - and handed three demerit points, which meant his accumulated demerit points amounted to eight and resulted in a two-Test ban.

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Rabada has been banned from the rest of the four-Test series, although the Proteas have lodged an appeal because they are desperate to have the world's top-ranked bowler on the park when the series continues in Cape Town next Thursday.

Vernon Philander has taken an extraordinary swipe at the character of Aussie captain Steve Smith, as South Africa resorted to mud-slinging in their bid to get superstar quick Kagiso Rabada off suspension.

While the CSA are yet to disclose the details of their appeal, Philander poured fuel on the fire by taking to social media to blame Smith for the shoulder contact with Rabada.

The ICC have 48 hours to appoint a judicial commissioner‚ who will have seven days to convene a hearing.

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"Havent really seen the fotage of this incident but by the looks of this.Steve Smith gave KG the shoulder".

"He had the opportunity to avoid the contact, and I could not see any evidence to support the argument that the contact was accidental. But when I came into worldwide cricket and saw the things that go on, I was taken aback", Ngidi said.

Australian captain Smith suggested that his team wanted Rabada to play the reminder of the series.

Replays appear to show Smith nearly trying to get out of the way before the moment of impact, but according to Philander, the Australian was the man responsible.

The third Test gets underway in Cape Town on March 22.

Rabada is the fifth player to be punished by the ICC in what has been a tempestuous test series so far along with Australians David Warner, Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Marsh, and South African Quinton de Kock.

"'In a normal situation would say that the contact was very minimal.it was a shirt flick of two players and you would probably get one or two demerit points because it wasn't full body contact", Du Plessis explained.

Australia in South Africa: Vernon Philander sledges Steve Smith on Twitter