South African officials allow controversial Sonny Bill Williams masks

South African officials allow controversial Sonny Bill Williams masks

South African officials allow controversial Sonny Bill Williams masks

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.

The second Test between Australia and South Africa at Port Elizabeth has reached a new low off the pitch with Proteas' fans allowed into the venue wearing Sonny Bill Williams' masks in an attempt to aggravate David Warner.

The strapping itself was the subject of intense speculation on Sunday, with the star opener accused of cheating.

The masks were brought into the ground by some spectators as a way of trying to ridicule Warner, whose wife Candice had a well-known encounter with Williams in 2007, years before she met the Australian vice-captain.

The South Africans allege that strapping is aiding Warner tamper 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.

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Warner copped three demerit points and was fined 75% of his match fee for an altercation with Quinton de Kock in the first Test, while Nathan Lyon was fined 15% of his match fee for dropping the ball on AB de Villiers after running him out. 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.

Cricket is a competitive game, and sledging will naturally occur when two sides are going at it, especially when two sides as competitive as Australia and South Africa are involved.

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

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.

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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