Rabada named in SA squad for 3rd Test against Australia

Rabada's appeal against the ban, for the last two Tests of the series, will be heard, by New Zealand judicial commissioner Michael Heron, via teleconference on Monday, with a verdict, due to be announced within 48 hours.

Kagiso Rabada was the man of the match in South Africa's series-levelling, six-wicket victory, in the second Test, in Port Elizabeth.   -  AFP

Kagiso Rabada has been named in the South Africa's squad, for the third Test, against Australia. However, two other fast bowlers have been added, in case he loses his appeal against the ban.

Rabada's appeal against the ban, for the last two Tests of the series, will be heard, by New Zealand judicial commissioner Michael Heron, via teleconference on Monday, with a verdict, due to be announced within 48 hours.

Meanwhile, Duanne Olivier and Chris Morris have been included in the 17-man squad, for the Test that starts at Newlands, on Thursday.

Rabada was the man of the match in South Africa's series-levelling, six-wicket victory, in the second Test, in Port Elizabeth. But, he made contact with Steve Smith after dismissing the Australian captain and was penalised with three demerit points, which took him to the eight-point threshold, which triggers an automatic two-match ban.

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If Rabada is absent, the selectors may be tempted to pick not just a direct replacement, but to consider also adding a fast bowling all-rounder, such as Morris, to bolster the bowling options.

Chief selector, Linda Zondi, said that the squad would be pruned in time, to allow players, not selected for the Test team, to play for their franchises, in the domestic matches, starting on Thursday.

Both teams took a break from cricket after the Port Elizabeth Test, but will start their preparations for the third Test on Monday.

South African squad: Faf du Plessis (c), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock (wk), Theunis de Bruyn, AB de Villiers, Dean Elgar, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Duanne Olivier, Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada.