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Lyon apologises, but cops charge for ball drop

Lyon apologises, but cops charge for ball drop

An apologetic Nathan Lyon has been charged by the match referee for his "ball drop" celebration of AB de Villiers' dismissal on day four of the first Test in Durban.

As the ball was rushing towards Aussie fielder David Warner, de Villiers turned around to make it back to safety, but despite his full-stretched dive, he couldn't beat Warner's throw to Lyon at the bowler's end and was run out.

The International Cricket Council ruled that Lyon's reaction amounted to a breach of level one of its code of conduct as behaviour that was "contrary to the spirit of the game".

Lyon was charged with a level one breach and had a demerit point added to his previously clean disciplinary record.

The incident occurred in the 12th over of South Africa's second innings when Lyon ran-out De Villiers for a duck by dislodging the bails and then dropping the ball on the Proteas batsman.

Lyon contacted de Villiers on Sunday night to apologise, telling the veteran there was no malice intended.

The two were seen at Kingsmead prior to play starting shaking hands as each side warmed-up.

"The Aussies were pretty fired up at that time pushing for a victory", Smith told cricket.com.au in Durban on day four.

Lyon 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. I think the less interest you take in him the better. "But he (Lyon) is an experienced cricketer".

Speaking about the incidents, former Australia captain Adam Gilchrist said that Australians don't need to be so aggressive all the time. "And the question may even come over all those eras as a general statement".

"It's 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 is not a very good look".

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