Cricket SA apologises to Warner and Australia over Sonny Bill masks

Jonathan Hernandez
March 14, 2018

Warner is in charge of shining the ball for the tourists, and was using a heavily taped left hand to rub the ball on his trousers.

It has been reported that the South African batsmen were none too pleased about the amount of strapping Warner had on his left hand, particularly his thumb and index finger.

"Questions will be asked".

It comes after footage emerged of the Aussie vice captain losing his temper at Proteas wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock, while in a stairwell on the way to the dressing room, during the first Test in Durban.

But last week, as the intense and sometimes bitter Test Series unfolds between Australia and South Africa, South African fans taunted David by wearing Sonny Bill Williams masks, in reference to a much-publicised toilet tryst in 2007 between the rugby player and Candice, then a celebrated ironwoman.

The photographs, taken on Day 1 of the ongoing second Test, have since gone viral on social media.

In a statement issued on Saturday, Cricket South Africa distanced itself from the action of the officials, marketing manager Clive Eksteen and communications manager Altaaf Kazi.

Eksteen and Kazi are under investigation for associating themselves with the unsavoury attempt to embarrass Warner and wife Candice, who had attended day one at St George's Park with the couple's two children.

Candice has expressed her regret over a sexual encounter with the footballer more than 10 years ago.

In a statement released on Saturday morning, CSA said: "While CSA respects the rights of its fans to represent their own points of view, CSA does not associate itself with these actions and urges all Protea supporters from refraining from being involved in distasteful or unwelcome actions that may impact the image of the sport and its supporters".

Kazi denied that his actions amounted to support for those wearing the masks.

The masks were banned initially by venue security, but CSA overruled that order on Friday.

Both players were charged with bringing the game into disrepute.

David previously said he endures relentless attacks about his wife from spectators, but admitted his reaction to de Kock was "probably out of line".

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