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Warner opens up about family heartache following ball-tampering row

The Australian batsman’s wife says she miscarried in the aftermath of the scandal.

David Warner has spoken about the trauma his family have experienced since Australia’s ball-tampering scandal, following wife Candice’s revelation that she suffered a miscarriage in the aftermath.

In an interview with Australian Woman’s Weekly, Candice Warner gave an emotional account of the strain she was under throughout the tour of South Africa – where her personal history was brought into the teams’ on-field rivalry on the field long before Warner conspired to use sandpaper on the ball.

Intense media scrutiny followed, not least when the Warners returned to South Africa to a frenzied greeting at Sydney airport.

When you’re living the dream you must enjoy every moment of it regardless of the highs and lows. We as a family have been through one of the toughest times ever the last few months but nothing will ever stop us from being just us. I have three of the best girls in the world that I cherish and love every single waking day. I am truly blessed with this!! My wife my rock has endured pain, disappointment, regrets in her past and so many highs and lows but the courage Candice has shown in recent months is a testament to the qualities she has as a mother, person, friend and wife. Im grateful everyday I get to call her my wife and my soul mate, I wouldn’t want it any other way. @candywarner1 #warnersforever #proudfamily

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Candice had discovered she was carrying the couple’s third child earlier in the tour, but lost the baby the week after returning home.

In an Instagram post featuring the pair with their two daughters, Warner wrote: “We as a family have been through one of the toughest times ever the last few months but nothing will ever stop us from being just us.

“I have three of the best girls in the world that I cherish and love every single waking day. I am truly blessed with this!! My wife my rock has endured pain, disappointment, regrets in her past and so many highs and lows but the courage Candice has shown in recent months is a testament to the qualities she has as a mother, person, friend and wife.

“Im grateful everyday I get to call her my wife and my soul mate, I wouldn’t want it any other way. @candywarner1 #warnersforever #proudfamily.”

Warner is currently serving a one-year ban imposed by Cricket Australia and faces an uncertain future despite supportive words from new coach Justin Langer.

Opening up about her own experience, Candice said in her interview: “I was a target right from the start of the tour and I’d have to be bullet-proof for the taunting not to have affected me.

It rocked my very foundation and I paid the ultimate price, losing our baby. It was the final blow.

“I wonder how all those who came after me feel now?

“The miscarriage was a tragic consequence, a heartbreaking end to a horror tour.

“The entire ordeal from the public humiliations to the ball tampering, it had taken its toll and, from that moment, we decided that no sport, nothing will ever impact our lives like that again.”

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