A heartbroken Candice Warner has told a magazine that she suffered a miscarriage in the wake of her husband’s ball-tampering scandal.
Mrs Warner told Women’s Weekly that Australia’s cricket tour to South Africa was horrible from the outset after her husband David suffered sledging from Quinton de Kock in the first test of the series in Durban. The comments were about her.
She said Cape Town, the setting for the third test, was when she reportedly began feeling “another little Warner was on the way”.
Mrs Warner said she and her husband had been trying for a baby since July and confirmed the pregnancy in Cape Town.
But things took a turn for the worse and in one of Australia’s biggest sporting scandals in recent memory, her husband along with captain Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft were embroiled in a ball-tampering scandal.
Mrs Warner said she watched the cricket match unfold on TV and wondered if she could “take any more”.
The three players were sent home. Mrs Warner said her husband insisted on travelling with Smith and Bancroft to show a united front but instead the trio were sent home separately.
Mrs Warner said the route home was “the longest and toughest” and her husband did everything to keep her and the unborn baby safe.
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The media scrum caught the couple and their children off guard on landing in Sydney, she said.
Warner fronted the media for his actions, but one week later, his wife said she made a heartbreaking discovery: they had lost their unborn baby.
“I called Dave to the bathroom and told him I was bleeding,” she said.
“We knew I was miscarrying. We held one another and cried.”
Mrs Warner described her reported miscarriage as “heart-breaking” and said the public humiliation from the saga had taken its toll on her body.
She added she had to be “bullet-proof” to have been able to cope with the taunting and ended up paying “the ultimate price”.
“I wonder how all those who came after me feel now?” she said.
The Southern Courier reported last week that Warner will play for Sydney club side Randwick Petersham next season in the hopes of one day returning to the Australian test side.