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India's Harbhajan Singh has been cleared to play in the last two Tests of the controversial series against Australia.

The off-spinner is facing a possible three-game ban for alleged racist comments towards Andrew Symonds, but his appeal will be heard after the series is over, leaving him available for selection.

ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed said: "An allegation was made against Harbhajan under the ICC Code of Conduct and he was found guilty by the match referee.

"As is his right under the code, Harbhajan has chosen to have the evidence tested at an appeal before an independent Code of Conduct Commissioner.

"The ICC Members put this appeals process in place in 2002 in order to ensure that an aggrieved player has every opportunity to argue his case.

"We would have preferred the appeal to be held earlier but it was not possible.

"Both Cricket Australia and the Board of Control for Cricket in India have requested the hearing be held after the Test series for logistical reasons and, following due consideration, Justice Hansen agreed.

"The reality is that it is likely to go into a second day, as lawyers will be involved so we needed to have two clear days to assign to it.

"With just three full days between the third and fourth Tests, we were conscious of the teams' travel arrangements and preparations for the match."
 
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