Warner v de Kock spat exposes Australian sledging hypocrisy... again

Posted March 14, 2018

Cricket South Africa has apologised to Cricket Australia after two of its officials were photographed with fans wearing masks of a New Zealand rugby player.

But the drama continued in the second match of the series - which Candice and her two children attended - when Proteas team officials were pictured posing with fans who were taunting David and his wife by wearing Sonny Bill Williams masks.

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.

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The masks were a reference to an encounter Warner's wife Candice had with Williams at a Sydney pub in 2007.

Having most likely copped all kinds of abuse from the Australians during his near four-hour stint at the crease, one retort from de Kock was enough for Warner and his teammates to insist that the little wicketkeeper had "crossed the line".

"On behalf of CSA, I extend my honest apologies to the board of Cricket Australia (CA), its officials, team management, players and their families", CSA president Chris Nenzani said in a statement.

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A day later CSA issued an apology to the Warner family and Cricket Australia, and the two officials in the photo - commercial manager Clive Eksteen and media and communications manager Altaaf Khazi - are fighting to save their jobs. Following this latest test, South Africa bowler Kagiso Rabada was banned for the rest of the series for a couple of acts during the Test including his physical confrontation with Australian captain Steve Smith on day one of the match.

The statement said CSA had taken "immediate precautionary steps" against the officials and that there would be an internal disciplinary process. While the songs were not heard at St George's Park, the masks were seen but only after CSA officials had to intervene to allow mask-wearing fans into the stadium.

If they both do not go, then it is surely a sign that cricket is losing its class.

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Fans also spotted Warner's strapping and took to social media in anger.