Dale Steyn appeared to accuse Australia of sour grapes, after South Africa captain Faf du Plessis was charged with ball tampering following the Proteas' emphatic series-clinching victory in Hobart.
The ICC opted to take action over an alleged incident in the second Test on Tuesday when, according to world cricket's governing body, "TV footage appeared to show Du Plessis applying saliva and residue from a mint or sweet, an artificial substance, to the ball in an attempt to change its condition".
There is no suggestion Cricket Australia lodged a complaint to prompt the ICC's investigation into the conduct of Du Plessis, who has pleaded not guilty to the charge and will therefore face a hearing.
Yet Steyn, forced to return home after suffering a serious shoulder injury during the first Test in Perth, made his unhappiness clear via his official Twitter account on Friday.
The fast bowler wrote: "Beaten with the bat. Beaten with the ball. Beaten in the field. Mentally stronger. Here's a [sic] idea, Let's blame it on a lollipop #soft."
Beaten with the bat.-- Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) November 18, 2016
Beaten with the ball.
Beaten in the field.
Here's a idea, Let's blame it on a lollipop#soft
Graeme Smith was also among those to express dismay at the decision to charge Du Plessis, although the former Proteas skipper directed his ire towards the ICC.
Smith tweeted: "I cannot believe the puppet show the @ICC has become, ball tampering allegations are a joke."
He went on to retweet Steyn's post, adding: "The @ICC is going to ruin our game! Bossed about."