Australia spinner Nathan Lyon has been fined 15 percent of his match fee by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Lyon, who was also handed one demerit point, was charged after he ran South Africa batsman AB de Villiers out and proceeded to drop the ball on him on the fourth day of the first Test in Durban.
As a result, Lyon was found guilty of breaching Article 2.1.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct, which relates to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game”.
Lyon has accepted the charge, which was levelled by match referee Jeff Crowe. As a result, there will be no need for a formal hearing.
A Cricket Australia spokesperson confirmed that Lyon had contacted De Villiers to apologise for his actions.
Lyon’s charge comes in the midst of CCTV footage being spread around that shows Australia vice-captain David Warner in an altercation with South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock.
Warner was seen speaking to De Kock in an aggressive manner while the players were heading up the steps to their respective dressing rooms for the scheduled tea break on the fourth day.
Australia ended up needing less than four overs to wrap up proceedings on the fifth day as Josh Hazlewood trapped Quinton de Kock lbw for 83 to hand the Baggy Greens a 118-run win and a 1-0 lead in the series.