Northamptonshire have severely reprimanded David Lucas and warned him about his future conduct after the left-arm seamer made an obscene gesture to a spectator on the third day of the LV= County Championship match against Middlesex at Wantage Road.
Lucas, who will join Worcestershire for next season, responded angrily after he was heckled by a spectator following a misfield.
The 33-year-old former Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire player was hauled in front of Northamptonshire officials at the end of the day and was rebuked for his gesture.
“We are extremely disappointed that David felt it necessary to make a gesture towards spectators, this is totally out of character for the player, but is clearly unacceptable and something that we do not want to see at the County Ground,” said Northamptonshire chief executive Mark Tagg.
Northamptonshire hope that their prompt action will save Lucas from the threat of possible disciplinary action by the England and Wales Cricket Board although he may be in hot water if umpires Neil Bainton and Trevor Jesty submit a formal complaint to Lord’s.