South Africa vs Australia: Nathan Lyon charged for dropping ball on AB de Villiers

first_imgAustralia’s Nathan Lyon has been charged by the International Cricket Council (ICC) with a Level 1 breach of ICC’s Code Conduct for dropping the ball on AB de Villiers after the South African batsman was run out.On Day 4 of the Durban Test, De Villiers was run out for a duck after being involved in a mix-up with Aiden Markram. ABD tried to make his ground with a dive but failed after some brilliant fielding from David Warner and some sharp work by Lyon. However, in the moment of joy, Lyon didn’t notice De Villiers’ position and dropped the ball on him while he was lying on the ground. The Australians, without realising it, went on with their wild celebrations led by Warner.After the day’s play and reviewing the incident, match referee Jeff Crowe decided to charge Lyon with conduct contrary to spirit of cricket — a level one offence. He is expected to be fined a certain per cent of his match fee.However, reports say Lyon spoke to the South African and apologised to him and the spinner also accepted the charge and no hearing was required. The Australian vice-captain Warner however, got away with any charge for his celebrations. (Durban Test: Starc, Marsh script Australia’s 118-run win over South Africa) South Africa vs Australia: David Warner celebrated wildly after AB de Villiers fell for a duck (Reuters Photo)News of Lyon’s charge arrived as Cricket Australia continues to investigate a confrontation between Warner and Quinton de Kock during the tea break on day four.advertisementLyon is not the only Australian, who could be fined as Warner can still be called upon to explain his actions after video footage of his charging at Quinton de Kock was released. The incident took place during tea time on Day 4 and the video shows Warner being restrained by Australia batsman Usman Khawaja and Lyon as he directs a verbal barrage at De Kock, who exited the field as South Africa’s not-out batsman at the same time as the Australians.Australia wicketkeeper Tim Paine also moves in to block Warner before his captain Steve Smith ushers the opening batsman away.Cricket Australia has said it is looking into the matter.”CA is aware of reports of an incident between players in Durban,” a CA spokesperson said.”CA is working to establish the facts of what has occurred and will not be commenting further until that has been done.”This @davidwarner31 & @QuinnyDeKock69 incident at tea time yesterday. Not the first time a similar incident like this has occurred. And some calling for Warner to be captain one day. Not with this behaviour. Let’s see what the @ICC do about this?? #SAvAUS Modan (@Figjamfan) March 5, 2018Speaking about the incidents, former Australia captain Adam Gilchrist said that Australians don’t need to be so aggressive all the time.”As an outside observer, I think you would find that a little bit off-putting at times, a little bit bad taste at times and the question may even come over all those eras as a general statement. Australian teams have generally been at the top of the pile, not every minute of those times, but generally they’re a very competitive, world class team and some would say they don’t need to do that.”Why do you need to present that somewhat ugly look if you’re playing such good cricket? And they’re not good images and it’s hard to know, to comment specifically about this incident overnight, and any other time, unless you’re there and know the ins and outs of what was said and what sparked it and the verbal volleys that would have been thrown around,” Gilchrist told SEN Radio.”Very hard to comment on the detail of it but no denying that some of the parts of the celebration of the run-out of De Villiers and then obviously this incident that I’m sure you’re getting to, of this leaked dressing room footage, it’s not a very good look. I think it needs to be considered how to react in certain scenarios and learn from the scenarios,” he added.The visitors however were on point in the field as they beat the hosts by 118 runs to take 1-0 lead in the four-match Test series.Smith’s men, who struggled for majority of the second and third session on Day 4 and almost gave the match away to the Proteas, rode on a fiery Mitchell Starc over to come back into the game. After Mitch Marsh broke the 147-run stand between Markram and De Kock, Starc removed Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj and Kagiso Rabada in the 80th over to turn the game on its head.advertisementHowever, De Kock and Morne Morkel saw off the spinners on Sunday but the resistance didn’t last long on Day 5 as Josh Hazlewood sent De Kock packing to seal the win for the Baggie Greens.last_img

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