Cricket South Africa officials caught posing with fans in Sonny Bill masks

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.

Eksteen is CSA's head of commercial and marketing, while Kazi is the organisation's head of communications.

Both Warner and de Kock were penalised for bringing the game into disrepute.

Warner's wife, Candice Warner, had a sexual encounter with Williams in a hotel toilet in Australia in 2007 before her relationship with the cricketer began.

There have been calls on social media for spectators to wear the masks following a row between Warner and South Africa's Quinton de Kock during the first Test, which Warner blamed was sparked when De Kock insulted his wife.

Cricket is a competitive game, and sledging will naturally occur when two sides are going at it, especially when two sides as competitive as Australia and South Africa are involved.

The masks, which Cricket South Africa labeled "distasteful" on Saturday when the picture became public, were being used by a small number of fans at the ground in Port Elizabeth to taunt Warner.

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"CA appreciates the swift response, including the honest apology from CSA, and the seriousness with which the matter is being treated".

With Proteas staff and players complaining about Warner's use of the tape on his hand, considering it a misuse of strapping as he was shining the ball.

"I responded emotionally and regretted the way I played out", he said between Tests.

"They're attempting to shame her for her past".

"It is disgraceful. It is upsetting". According to Kazi, the group of fans then asked for a photo with him and Eksteen and the pair obliged.

The masks are now banned again. Australia's Nathan Lyon also was punished for an over-zealous celebration of a wicket in that first test. "On behalf of CSA, I extend my honest apologies to the board of Cricket Australia (CA), its officials, team management, players and their families", the CSA said in a statement, "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".

  • Tabitha Byrd