South Africa apologise to Australia on Sonny Bill Williams mask incident

South Africa apologise to Australia on Sonny Bill Williams mask incident

South Africa start day three on 263 for 7, a lead of 20 over the Australia.

Two senior Cricket South Africa officials face disciplinary action after posing with spectators wearing masks showing the face of All Black rugby player Sonny Bill Williams during the second Test against Australia on Friday.

David Warner's tumultuous tour of South Africa has gotten more dramatic, with the South Africans accusing him of cheating according to The Australian.

Warner's wife, Candice Warner, had a sexual encounter with Williams in a hotel toilet in Australia in 2007 before her relationship with the cricketer began.

Relations between the two teams have already been strained with Warner needing to be restrained by teammates in a stairwell on the way to the dressing room in Durban as he reacted angrily to Quinton de Kock's sledge about his wife.

Clive Eksteen, a former left-arm spinner and CSA's head of commercial, and Altaaf Kazi, CSA's head of media and communication, are the men in question.

The South Africans allege that strapping is aiding Warner tamper with the condition of the ball.

"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".

CSA President Chris Nenzani apologised to the board of Cricket Australia and its officials, team management, players and their families. Warner had delivered a stream of verbal abuse towards de Kock as the players walked off the field, but did not take well to de Kock's reply. The left-handed opener was left fuming after De Kock had allegedly said something about Candice during the first Test, and the home fans wanted to further ridicule the Australian.

South African quick Kagiso Rabada is facing being suspended for the rest of the series after his exuberant send off to Aussie captain Steve Smith on day one of this Test.

The statement said CSA had taken "immediate precautionary steps" against the officials and that there would be an internal disciplinary process.

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