South African officials face action over Sonny Bill Williams masks

It comes after Warner and South African wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock were involved in a heated stoush toward the end of the First Test in Durban, with de Kock allegedly making a taunt about Warner's wife.

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.

For years, the Australians have been the archetypal schoolyard bullies of world cricket, happy to dish it out - but can't take it when the situation is reversed.

Cricket Australia reacted furiously to this photograph: "Cricket Australia spoke to Cricket South Africa officials yesterday to express disappointment with this matter and events that unfolded off-field Friday at St George's Park", a CA spokesperson said.


Reports suggest that the South African batsmen have complained to umpires about tape on Warner's left hand on the second day of the second Test in Port Elizabeth.

"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", the statement said. The photo was shared on social media and then picked up by the Sydney Morning Herald , who wrote that the Australian team were "outraged". Candice Warner's encounter with Williams was widely reported in the Australian media, which coined the phrase "toilet tryst" to refer to it. She is also a model and celebrity TV star. 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.

There have been repercussions for Nathan Lyon and Kagiso Rabada, a foul-mouthed dispute between De Kock and and Warner, ball tampering allegations, and now this. CSA has apologised in a statement, but at this stage nobody from the sporting organisation has spoken directly with David or Candice.

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


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