CSA distances itself from SBW masks in PE

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An apologetic Cricket South Africa (CSA) is in damage control over a photograph showing two of its officials posing with fans wearing Sonny Bill Williams masks in Port Elizabeth.

After an ugly feud with South African keeper-bat Quinton de Kock during the first Test in Durban last week, Warner has reason to be aggrieved during the ongoing second Test too.

Cricket Australia is understood to be furious with the conduct of Eksteen and Kazi, stunned that officials would be OK with the low-brow actions of supporters.

The masks are believed to be linked to the personal sledges exchanged behind closed doors between Warner and De Kock where the Aussie vice-captain's wife Candice was allegedly mentioned in a derogatory manner.

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

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

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"'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".

The Australian team has been made aware of the photo and are outraged by it, as well as CSA's call to overturn a decision by venue security to have the masks confiscated in bags at the turnstiles on entry.

That incident came to light after security camera footage of the players making their way back to the dressing rooms inside the stadium was leaked to the media.

A remark from de Kock about Warner's wife ignited a fit of rage from the Australia vice-captain, who later described the comment as "vile and disgusting".

The photographs, taken on Day 1 of the ongoing second Test, have since gone viral on social media.

Rabada denies the contact was intentional but faces being banned for the final two tests of the series if found guilty.