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Lyon fined by ICC for breach of conduct

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

DURBAN - Australia spinner Nathan Lyon was fined 15 per cent of his match fee by the International Cricket Council for breaching the code of conduct in a highly-charged first Test against South Africa, world cricket's ruling body said yesterday.

Lyon was charged with a level one breach and had a demerit point added to his previously clean disciplinary record. Four points would result in missing a Test.

The spinner whipped off the bails to run out AB de Villiers on Sunday as South Africa's top order crumbled at the start of their bid to chase a mammoth 417-run victory target.

De Villiers made a despairing dive but was well short and Lyon leapt over him in celebration, dropping the ball on his opponent before joining his teammates in a jig of joy.

Lyon admitted the offence and accepted the sanction, the ICC said in a statement.

Cricket Australia said Lyon had been in touch with de Villiers to say there was no malice intended and apologise.

There was also a reconciliation after Australia took 20 minutes on Monday to wrap up victory by dismissing the home side for 298.

Following a fracas outside the dressing-rooms on Monday between Australia vice-captain David Warner and South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock the two shook hands after de Kock was the last man out.

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