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Nathan Lyon charged for AB de Villiers incident during Australia vs South Africa Test

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Australian cricketer Nathan Lyon will be punished by the ICC for dropping the ball near AB de Villiers after the South Africa batsman was run out on day four of the Durban Test.

Following the incident, match referee Jeff Crowe reviewed the match and charged Lyon with conduct contrary to the spirit of cricket, which classifies as a level one offense, which should only cost him a fine expected to be a percentage of his match fee.

Lyon has apparently reached out to De Villiers to apologise following the incident, while he also accepted his charge as no hearing was required.

Former Australian wicketkeeper and captain Adam Gilchrist has spoken out to say that players need to act more calm and civil when disorder amongst players arises.

Talking to SEN Radio, Gilchrist said: "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.

"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."

Gilchrist certainly has a strong point, as order and respect are pivotally important for a civil match against any opponent. 

It will now be very important to see how the Australian team, in particular, responds to these comments challenging their sportsmanship and ability to remain civil and respectful for the opposition.

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