Cricket SA apologises to Warner and Australia over Sonny Bill masks

Cricket: South African officials face action over Sonny Bill Williams masks

Cricket South Africa (CSA) wishes to distance itself from the alleged action of certain officials in associating themselves with fans wearing masks representing the face of Sonny Bill Williams, which conduct is seemingly related to the David Warner/Quinton de Kock incident during the opening day of the second Sunfoil Test match at St. George's Park.

Umpires have repeatedly pulled up both Australia and the Proteas about their sloppy bounce returns, while Warner was fined in 2014 after accusing AB de Villiers of using his keeping glove to wipe the rough side of the ball.

On Sunday, Warner took their names with him onto the field - writing "Candice" on strapping across his knuckles, and "Ivy" and "Indi" along his fingers.

Warner had heavy strapping on his left thumb and palm, which the the South Africans are alleging aids Warner in tampering with the condition of the ball.

Both camps shot down reports of South Africa's batsmen complaining about Warner's hand, while it's understood match referee Jeff Crowe told the tourists that Warner's strapping isn't a problem.

He is now a figure of hate in South Africa after his confrontation with South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock in a fractious first test in Durban last weekend. Incensed by disparaging remarks made by de Kock about his wife Candice, the vice-captain had to be held back by teammates on his way up the stairwell to the team dressing room.

The two officials posing with fans in the masks have been identified as Cricket South Africa's head of commercial and marketing Clive Eksteen and head of communications Altaaf Kazi.

To make matters worse, two CSA officials posed alongside fans who were wearing the masks on day one.

The Australian team has been made aware of the photo and are outraged by it, as well as CSA's call to overturn a decision by venue security to have the masks confiscated in bags at the turnstiles on entry.

Despite the distractions, Warner has been Australia's top run-scorer in the series so far, with 142 runs at an average of 47.33.

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