Masks of All-Black Sonny Bill Williams were reportedly being used by South African cricket fans in attempt to rile David Warner on day one of the second Test between the Proteas and Australia in Port Elizabeth, as ugly off-field events continue to plague the series.
Warner's wife Candice was photographed sharing an intimate moment with Williams in a Sydney toilet back in 2007, and the South African fans have used the second Test as a chance to remind and taunt the Aussie about it.
The taunts come in the wake of Warner's off-field confrontation with South African wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock, during which the latter also allegedly involved Warner's wife, making 'disgusting and vile' comments.
But, in the morning session, Warner let his cricket do the talking as he made an unbeaten 50 in tough conditions.
He fell shortly after the lunch break starting a collapse that saw the tourists fall from 140-3 to 180-8.
But, it was off-the-field events that were unfortunately making the headlines, culminating in leading South African cricket writer Firdose Moonda tweeting that ''misogyny alive and well in South African cricket,” with a link to a story about the masks.
“Alive and well indeed,” she added.
“I am so utterly embarrassed that this is people’s idea of a joke or even of a decent, legitimate thing to do.
“It was International Women’s Day yesterday, but that seems to have been overlooked here. Shameful.”
Events have marred what looks set to be a brilliant Test match, with Australia forcing their way to a competitive first innings total of 243 after some very useful lower-order runs.
South Africa openers Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram had made a solid start in reply, before the latter fell to a Pat Cummins in-ducker to be trapped in front.
As of writing this article, South Africa are 26-1.