Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

South African officials face action over Sonny Bill Williams masks

South African officials face action over Sonny Bill Williams masks

The masks were a reference to an encounter Warner's wife Candice had with Williams at a Sydney pub in 2007. David and Candice Warner were married in 2015.

"On behalf of CSA I extend my honest apologies to the Board of Cricket Australia, its officials, team management, players and their families", CSAPresident, Chris Nenzani said.

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.

South African officials have come under fire for posing with fans wearing Sonny Bill Williams masks, in a move which was meant to provoke David Warner following last week's ugly dressing room fracas between the Australian vice-captain and South Africa's Quinton de Kock.

Eksteen is CSA's head of commercial and marketing, while Kazi is the body's head of communications.

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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.

The presence of the Williams' masks are made all the worse considering Candice and Warners' two children are believed to be in attendance at the Test match.

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. CSA president Chris Nenzani apologized to the Australian cricket board, the team management, players and their families for the incident. She is also a model and celebrity TV star. De Kock was subsequently fined. Australia's Nathan Lyon also was punished for an over-zealous celebration of a wicket in that first test.

Warner's hand became the latest point of discussion in debate over reverse-swing - and methods used to create it by scuffing one side of the ball - on day two at St George's Park.

Rabada denies the contact was intentional but faces being banned for the final two tests of the series if found guilty.

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