The secret behind David Warner's hand tape in South Africa

Sonny Bill Williams masks at second Test

Clive Eksteen, a former left-arm spinner and CSA's head of commercial, and Altaaf Kazi, CSA's head of media and communication, posed for a picture with three fans wearing masks on the first day of the Test.

The reason behind this mask being the controversial one is Warner's wife Candice was once associated with Williams in a well-publicised incident in Sydney in 2007.

Cricket Australia effectively told the aggressive opener he was on his final chance in 2013 after a bar-room scuffle with Joe Root.

It may have caused a stir with allegations of "ball tampering" against the Aussie star, but David Warner had a special message on the tape on his hand during the second Test against South Africa.

Not only should those masks have been banned from the stadium, what made matters worst was the fact that two CSA officials actually went ahead and clicked photographs with the notorious fans.

"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.




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

Australian players and officials are reportedly outraged about the photo. The Australian team and its management are understandably enraged.

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

David Warner and Quinton de Kock in a heated tea break exchange in South Africa.

The allegations are the latest development in what has been a fractious series. Warner then had to be restrained by teammates as he argued with de Kock on a staircase leading to the dressing rooms as players came off the field for a break. CSA has apologised in a statement, but at this stage nobody from the sporting organisation has spoken directly with David or Candice.

If there's anything that can be learned from the recent spats between Australia and South Africa's cricketers these last few weeks, it's that our trans-Tasman neighbours are hypocrites when it comes to sledging.

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