Yuvraj Singh took a while before he began his walk back to the pavilion but didn't have to pay a price © Getty Images

Yuvraj Singh has been found not guilty of breaching the Code of Conduct during the second day of India's first Test against Australia in Melbourne.

Yuvraj was charged with breaching Level 1.3 of the ICC Code which relates to showing dissent at an umpire's decision by action or verbal abuse. The charge, laid by the four umpires on duty in the match, related to an incident on the second day when Yuvraj stood his ground after he was given out by Billy Bowden, caught behind off Stuart Clark.

The hearing took place after the third day's play. After considering the evidence, match referee Mike Procter decided Yuvraj had not stood his ground in protest. "It was evident that Yuvraj took more time than normal to leave the crease but it was due to the fact that he was shocked at the decision," Proctor said. "At no stage he showed displeasure or dissent at the umpire's decision."

The hearing was attended by the four umpires, India manager Chetan Chauhan, captain Anil Kumble and Yuvraj Singh. Video evidence was used. If found guilty, the penalties for a Level 1 offence range from an official reprimand to a maximum penalty of a 50% fine on match-fee.