Banned Australian cricketer David Warner's wife Candice disclosed that she suffered a depressing miscarriage following the reveal of her husband’s involvement in the disgraceful ball-tampering scandal.
Warner has been suspended by Cricket Australia (CA) for a period of 12 months after he was found to be the instigator behind the shameful act that took place during the third day’s play at Newlands in March.
Nearly two months after the incident, Candice, in an exclusive interview with Women's Weekly has said that she blamed herself for Warner’s part in the ball-tampering saga, adding that the series of ridicules they faced in South Africa took a huge toll.
"I hoped the terrible stuff was behind us. We love Cape Town and it's where Dave proposed to me in 2014. I was beginning to feel that first stage of being pregnant - the subtle changes to my body were kicking in. We were overwhelmed, knowing another little Warner was on the way," Candice quoted.
"I don't think either of us realised how much we longed for this baby. We had been trying since last July and I did a test when we first got to Cape Town," she added.
Warner and Candice are currently the proud parents of two daughters – Ivy Mae and Indi Rae. She also revealed that they were ecstatic by the thought of welcoming a third child.
However, when the news of three tainted cricketers broke out and they were subsequently sent back home, Candice got distressed by the news and faced more news in the coming weeks.
"I called Dave to the bathroom and told him I was bleeding. We knew I was miscarrying. We held one another and cried... The miscarriage was a heartbreaking end to a horror tour. The ordeal from the public humiliations to the ball tapering had taken its toll," she concluded.
The South Africa tour was a nightmare for David Warner on and off the field. During the first Test in Durban, the former Aussie opener was seen pointing and directing a verbal barrage at Proteas wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock outside the team’s dressing room, before he was restrained and taken away by his teammates.
Consequently, Warner was charged for breaching Level 2 of the ICC Code of Conduct and was fined 75 percent of his match fee (approximately $13,500) in addition to three demerit points.
In the aftermath of the spat, the South African crowd got stuck into Warner in Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. The Protea fans were spotted wearing Sonny Bill Williams masks to taunt Warner’s wife during the first day of the second Test against Australia at St George's Park, while an old South African supporter passed some personal remarks towards Warner when he climbed the stairs following his dismissal in the third Test at Newlands.