Melbourne:Australia's dramatic five-wicket win in the second ODI against South Africa at Hobart on Sunday was marred by alleged racial abuse of Protea bowler Morne Morkel by a spectator who was later arrested.
Twelfth man Morkel, who was fielding as substitute during Australia's innings, did not clearly hear the insult, but a spokesman for the South Africa team said the remark was "fairly unpleasant".
The alleged offender was arrested by a policeman at the ground who overheard the abuse. He was evicted from the ground and charged with racial vilification.
Cricket Australia has apologised to their South Africa counterpart for the incident.
"We have briefed the South African team management and they have confirmed that they were not aware of the incident and the player didn't hear any comment himself, but the police officer did," CA general manager of public affairs, Peter Young, said.
"Our advice from South African team management is that they believe we have taken the appropriate steps and we have also apologised to Cricket South Africa that this issue has occurred while they are being hosted in our country," Young was quoted as saying by 'Daily Telegraph'.