Port Elizabeth: South Africa's Kagiso Rabada will be rubbed out for the rest of the series against Australia unless he succeeds at a disciplinary hearing before ICC match referee on Saturday night.
In a huge blow for the hosts, the fast bowler who cut Australia's middle order to shreds on the first day of the second Test was charged with a level-two offence over his bump on Steve Smith after dismissing the Australian captain.
Rabada's record is such that he is only three demerit points short of a two-Test ban and under the ICC's punishment system a level-two charge comes with either three or four points.
The fast bowler will try to demonstrate at the hearing that his contact with Smith was not deliberate.
Unless he can have the charge downgraded or thrown out, he will have to sit out the third and fourth Tests in Cape Town and Johannesburg.