Age, The (Melbourne, Australia) – Rabada disputed with the umpires Smith’s assertion that he had been “shouldered” by the paceman;Crowe expressed doubts about the veracity of Rabada’s testimony at the initial hearing;Smith did not appear at the appeal because he had not been asked by the ICC, which prevented him from commenting on the force of contact from Rabada.

Summary

  • Rabada disputed with the umpires Smith’s assertion that he had been “shouldered” by the paceman;Crowe expressed doubts about the veracity of Rabada’s testimony at the initial hearing;Smith did not appear at the appeal because he had not been asked by the ICC, which prevented him from commenting on the force of contact from Rabada.
  • Crowe presided over the first two Tests, which were marred by a stairwell stoush between Warner and Quinton de Kock, Australia’s poor on-field behaviour and Rabada’s run-in with Smith.
  • “It is my view, this was another send-off as we have seen before and later in this Test, thebowler getting right into the batsman space [sic] with some loud aggressive shouting – thistime Rabada got too close and created the contact,” Crowe wrote.
  • Heron, however, found Rabada to be a “frank, unassuming and honest witness” and accepted his claim that he was unaware he had made contact with Smith.
  • The umpires’ description of the force of contact as “slight” was taken into consideration by Heron, as was Rabada’s contention that Smith had exaggerated the degree of contact.


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