Cape Town - Proteas speedster Kagiso Rabada has appealed the ICC suspension that will see him miss the rest of the Australian series.
Rabada was on Monday banned for two Test matches for his incident with Steve Smith in the second Test against Australia in Port Elizabeth.
The 22-year-old was found guilty on a Level 2 charge after brushing shoulders with the Australian skipper after he had got him out LBW.
As a result, Rabada was given three ICC demerit points, taking his total tally to eight - enough to see him suspended.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) then had 48 hours to appeal the decision, and they confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that they had done so.
The ICC now have 48 hours to appoint a Judicial Commissioner, and after they have done that the hearing must take place within seven days.
"As mentioned, Kagiso remains suspended unless the appointed JC finds enough reason to allow him to play in the 3rd Test," a CSA official confirmed.
If Rabada is cleared of the Smith charge, the one demerit point he accepted from an incident with David Warner in the second Test will not be enough to see him suspended.
The third Test starts on March 22 in Cape Town.
ICC confirms that Kagiso Rabada has appealed against the Level 2 breach following the incident with Steve Smith during the Port Elizabeth Test. ICC will now appoint a Judicial Commissioner at the earliest opportunity and hearing details will be confirmed in due course.— ICC Media (@ICCMediaComms) March 14, 2018