Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

David Warner Reportedly Accused Of Ball Tampering

David Warner Reportedly Accused Of Ball Tampering

Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Saturday was compelled to issue an apology to Cricket Australia (CA) after two of its officials were caught clicking pictures with fans wearing Sonny Bill Williams masks at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth.

Williams and Warner's now wife, Candice Warner, were involved in a toilet tryst in 2007.

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.

The photo shows Kazi and Eksteen smiling as they linked arms with three men who were wearing the masks in an attempt to torment explosive Australia opening batsman David Warner during the second Test match.

It didn't seem to throw Warner off too much, however, as he top-scored for Australia with 63 as the Aussies reached 243 all out on the first day of the second Test.

Candice Warner is with her husband on tour in South Africa and was at the ground on Friday with their two young daughters, according to Australian media, when the masks were being worn in the crowd. Warner had delivered a stream of verbal abuse towards de Kock as the players walked off the field, but did not take well to de Kock's reply. Interestingly, Warner was fined 15 percent of his match fee for accusing AB de Villiers of ball tampering back in 2014 at the same venue.

Clive Eksteen and Altaaf Kazi have been ordered to CSA headquarters in Johannesburg for a meeting, and the chances are high that they could lose their jobs. "We found out because (the spectators) contacted us and we then went to security and got them in".

The Proteas supporters wore those masks in a bid to rile up Warner. "I think they're obviously looking for something to pin on him; he's one step away from suspension as we've heard over the last week", former Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris said on the Nine Network. We let people in with Hashim Amla beards.

CSA President Chris Nenzani apologised to the board of Cricket Australia and its officials, team management, players and their families.

The statement urged South African supporters to refrain from "being involved in distasteful or unwelcome actions that may impact the image of the sport and its supporters".

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