Proteas speedster Kagiso Rabada's appeal against his two-Test suspension has given South African cricket fans a smidgen of hope.
The 22-year-old was given three ICC demerit points following his 'shoulder brush' with Australian captain Steve Smith in the second Test in Port Elizabeth after being found guilty of a Level 2 offence.
But Cricket South Africa (CSA) and Rabada have since appealed that decision in the hope that the punishment will either be lessened or set aside.
Rabada had also accepted a Level 1 charge - one demerit point - for his send-off of David Warner in the same Test. It leaves Rabada on nine demerit points (eight points results in a two-Test suspension).
If his appeal sees his charge lessened to a Level 1 offence, then he will be on seven demerit points and will no longer face suspension.
However, for that to happen in time for him to take part in the third Test at Newlands starting on Thursday, March 22 is unlikely.
The appeal was made official on Wednesday afternoon, at which point the ICC had 48 hours to find a judicial commissioner to head up the appeal hearing.