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Nathan Lyon fined by ICC for a breach of conduct

Nathan Lyon (right) picked three wickets in the Durban Test
Nathan Lyon (right) picked three wickets in the Durban Test

Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon has been fined by the International Cricket Council for a breach of conduct during the recently concluded first Test against South Africa in Durban.

The incident happened during the final innings of the game when Lyon whipped the bails off to run out AB de Villiers at the non-striker's end and buoyed by the celebration he dropped the ball on the Proteas batsman before joining his team-mates.

As a result, Lyon was charged with a level 1 offence and was fined 15 percent of his match fee apart from a demerit point against his name. This was also the first time, Lyon was sanctioned a demerit point and four such in a span of two months leads to a one Test or two limited-overs games suspension.

The 30-year-old accepted the charges negating the need for a formal hearing.

The two teams were also reprimanded by the match referee Jeff Crowe after news of verbal exchanges between Quinton de Kock and David Warner broke out.

Warner was restrained by team mates as he directed a verbal barrage at De Kock when the players returned to the dressing-rooms at tea on Sunday. Media reports said De Kock made disparaging comments about Warner’s wife Candice who is a professional endurance athlete.

“Getting personal on the field is not on. We were certainly very chirpy out in the field as well. As far as I’m aware, we didn’t get personal towards Quinton,” Australia captain Steve Smith told a news conference.

“What he said got a little bit personal towards Davey and, as we saw, it certainly provoked an emotional response.”

Meanwhile, South Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee added that it was de Kock, who was at the receiving end of personal verbal abuse while he was batting.

Australia have taken a 1-0 lead following their 118-run victory in the first Test.

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