Cricket Australia could seek to bring charges under the International Cricket Council code of conduct after South African officials were photographed posing with spectators wearing Sonny Bill Williams masks aimed at taunting David Warner during the second Test in Port Elizabeth. Get a free 2-week Foxtel Now trial & start watching in minutes. Warner later called these comments 'vile and disgusting'.
As you can see in the picture above, the name Candice is followed by a love heart on the main strapping, with his fingers showing the names of his two daughters Ivy Rae and Indi Mae. However, the strapping is believed to have helped him in tampering with the condition of the ball.
The strapping itself was the subject of intense speculation on Sunday, with the star opener accused of cheating.
According to the reports in The Australian and Channel 9, South African batsmen complained to the on-field umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Chris Gaffaney about the taping on the left hand of David Warner.
The photograph, taken on the first day of the second test in Port Elizabeth on Friday, shows Cricket South Africa's commercial and marketing head, Clive Eksteen, and communications head Altaaf Kazi standing and smiling with three men wearing masks with the face of New Zealand rugby global Sonny Bill Williams.
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Warner and de Kock were both fined and given disciplinary sanctions for the altercation. 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.
Warner's wife was involved in a tryst with New Zealand rugby player Sonny Bill Williams over 10 years ago.
To make matters worse, two CSA officials posed alongside fans who were wearing the masks on day one.
In a statement issued on Saturday, Cricket South Africa distanced itself from the action of the officials, marketing manager Clive Eksteen and communications manager Altaaf Kazi.
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.