Lyon cops fine after ‘dropping the ball on AB’

Australia spinner Nathan Lyon has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the fourth day of the first Test against South Africa in Durban.

Lyon was found to have breached Article 2.1.1 of the ICC code of conduct for players and player support personnel, which relates to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game.”

In addition to this, one demerit point has been added to the disciplinary record of the off-spinner, for whom it was the first offence since the introduction of the revised Code in September 2016.

The incident occurred in the 12th over of Proteas innings on Sunday, when following the run out dismissal of AB de Villiers, Lyon dropped the ball hitting de Villiers on the chest as he lay on the ground after diving in an attempt to make it to the crease at the bowler’s end.

Lyon admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match-referee Jeff Crowe and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.

The charges were levelled by on-field umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Sundaram Ravi, third umpire Chris Gaffaney and fourth umpire Allahudiean Palekar.

Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.