Cricket SA apologises to Warner and Australia over Sonny Bill masks

  • Cricket SA apologises to Warner and Australia over Sonny Bill masks

Cricket SA apologises to Warner and Australia over Sonny Bill masks

They are posing for the photo near a bar inside the St. George's Park stadium.

Cricket South Africa released a statement distancing itself from the action.

DAVID Warner has made a stand and given a touching tribute to wife Candice after a week in which the mother-of-two has been mocked over a decade-old off-field incident.

The controversy forced Cricket South Africa to issue an official apology to Cricket Austraila and the Australian team, who were angered by the image showing CSA's commercial manager Clive Eksteen and its head of communications Altaaf Kazi grinning with three supporters, who donned the masks.

The Australian team was reportedly outraged by the revelations, including CSA allowing the masks into the ground after venue security initially wanted to confiscate them.

CSA said Eksteen and Kazi were now subject to "internal processes".

CSA's statement quoted president Chris Nenzani as saying‚ "On behalf of CSA I extend my honest apologies to the board of Cricket Australia‚ its officials‚ team management‚ players and their families".

CA is furious with the conduct of Eksteen and Kazi, with chairman David Peever and chief executive James Sutherland expressing their disgust to their South African counterparts. Candice Warner's encounter with Williams was widely reported in the Australian media, which coined the phrase "toilet tryst" to refer to it.

The allegations are the latest development in what has been a fractious series.

Quinton de Kock's retort to Warner's sledging was to mention Williams and his brief relationship with Warner's wife, at which Warner became angry and violent.

Having most likely copped all kinds of abuse from the Australians during his near four-hour stint at the crease, one retort from de Kock was enough for Warner and his teammates to insist that the little wicketkeeper had "crossed the line". Australia's Nathan Lyon also was punished for an over-zealous celebration of a wicket in that first test.

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