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8mFirdose Moonda in Cape Town

Dean Elgar makes his presence felt

For someone who has identified his role as being partly to "irritate the opposition", the South African opener had been unusually subdued in the first two Tests. On day one at Newlands, he was back to his immovable, in-yer-face best

'Rabada is a very strong character' - Gibson (1:35)
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1dFirdose Moonda

Steyn all but out of Australia series

The fast bowler has recovered from the heel injury that has kept him out since the New Year's Test against India, but will not get any chance to prove his fitness in a first-class game with the Titans leaving him out of their squad for the final fixture o

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Smith critical of Rabada's successful appeal

Surprised by the outcome, the Australia captain has declared the appeal verdict sets a troubling standard for allowable physical contact in the game

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Make a ton, get a tree

At the Wynberg Boys' High School ground in Cape Town, a lot of the greenery has basmen's names on it

2dFirdose Moonda

'Great decision for series and Test cricket'

Having Kagiso Rabada back is "satisfying" for two reasons: he will play at Newlands and South Africa feel vindicated that inconsistent application of the ICC code of conduct has been rectified

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Rabada's ban overturned, cleared to play in Cape Town

Kagiso Rabada will play in the Cape Town Test after his two-match ban for making physical contact with Steven Smith was overturned by the ICC's code of conduct appeal commissioner Michael Heron

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7dFirdose Moonda

Rabada's appeal hearing on March 19

The judicial commissioner, Michael Heron, will have 48 hours to reach a decision. If cleared, the fast bowler could play in the Newlands Test that starts on Friday

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Philander denies posting inflammatory tweet accusing Smith

The South Africa seamer said his account was hacked, after an inflammatory tweet was posted on his account, accusing Smith of being equally culpable in the shoulder brush that led to Rabada getting banned

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