We'll use Philander tweet on the field - Bancroft

Florence Fletcher
March 20, 2018

Michael Heron, who was appointed by the ICC as the judicial commissioner to hear Rabada's appeal, will make a decision on whether to uphold or overturn the 22-year-old's ban by Wednesday.

Reflecting on the same, Cricket South Africa (CSA) National Selection Panel Convener Linda Zondi said that the circumstances have forced them to name expanded squad, while also confirming that they have retained all the 15 players who had helped in levelling the series.

Cricket South Africa have brought in one of the country's most recognisable legal figures, Advocate Dali Mpofu, to represent Rabada, knowing how crucial the world's top-ranked Test bowler is to the Proteas' hopes of winning the series.

Rabada was banned for deliberately making contact with Australia captain Steve Smith during the second Test but South Africa are contesting the ban. A verdict will be delivered by Heron and the ICC within 48 hours of the hearing's conclusion, and South Africa are looking forward to moving on with the game.

The four-Test series is now level 1-1 after Australia won the first game in Durban by 118 runs and South Africa fought back to level the series in Port Elizabeth with their six-wicket win.

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"There has been a lot of niggle from both sides", Elgar said. We don't have any influence with regards to what is happening in the hearing or what can possibly happen.

"I think it's massive for the game and the format".

"To me he is a guy that probably has been the only one in this tournament that has kept the seam upright, comes off a short run-up and he bowls a good yorker", said Lee, who claimed 310 wickets in 76 Tests and 380 wickets in 221 ODIs for Australia. Meanwhile, ace pacer Dale Steyn continues to remain out of the squad after not playing any competitive cricket since his heel injury during Cape Town Test against India in the first week of January.

The series' controversy increased following Rabada's ban when the South African's team-mate Vernon Philander tweeted that Smith was "just as guilty" and used "football skills to get a penalty" but later said his account was hacked.

Bancroft noted Philander will have to "deal with the consequences" of the message.

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