Australia's Lyon fined by ICC for breach of contract
AUSTRALIA spinner Nathan Lyon was fined 15 percent of his match fee by the International Cricket Council for breaching the code of conduct in a highly-charged first test against South Africa in Durban, 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 its 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 offense 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 apologize. There was also a reconciliation after Australia took 20 minutes yesterday to wrap up victory by dismissing the hosts for 298. Following a fracas outside the dressing-rooms on Sunday 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. Warner was restrained by teammates 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.