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Cricket SA apologises to Warner and Australia over Sonny Bill masks

Cricket South Africa executives Clive Eksteen and Altaaf Kazi pose with fans in Williams masks on Friday Cricket South Africa executives Clive Eksteen and Altaaf Kazi pose with fans in Williams masks on Friday
Isaac Mcdaniel | 14 March, 2018, 06:15

Warner credits Candice for turning his life around.

"On behalf of CSA I extend my honest apologies to the Board of Cricket Australia (CA), its officials, team management, players and their families", commented CSA President Chris Nenzani.

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.

Cricket South Africa officials Clive Ekstee and Altaaf Kazi were caught up in the Warner/de Kock stoush when they were pictured standing with fans wearing Sonny Bill Williams masks in an effort to rile Warner.

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

During the course of play on the first day, a couple of CSA executives were photographed with the fans wearing masks, which indirectly related to the spat between Warner and De Kock.

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.

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Warner's wife was involved in a tryst with New Zealand rugby player Sonny Bill Williams over 10 years ago.

Candice Warner gained recognition in Australia as an "Ironwoman" endurance athlete.

The mask saga in Port Elizabeth is the latest incident to overshadow the cricket contest between two of the leading teams in the world, a series which was expected to be fierce but has been undermined by verbal exchanges between players, off-field incidents, and resulting disciplinary cases.

She was the target of vile abuse by South African cricket fans over the weekend, but Candice Warner is keeping her head up.

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.

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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