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Ball-Tampering Scandal: I Feel Like It's All My Fault, Says David Warner's Wife Candice

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| April 1 , 2018 , 12:17 IST

The disgraceful incident of ball-tampering by Australian players has shaken the entire cricket world but the players involved along with their families are the most affected. Former Aussie vice-captain David Warner recently broke down while taking responsibility for playing a part in the scandal.

However, his wife Candice Warner has now come forward to blame herself for indirectly pushing David to take such extreme step. Talking to Sydney's Sunday Telegraph, she said, "I feel like it's all my fault and it's killing me - it's absolutely killing me."

A tearful Warner has expressed his fear of not being able to play for his country ever again during his press conference where he apologised for his part in the ball-tampering scandal. The 31-year-old has been banned for one year from domestic and international cricket.

The incident unfolded during the third test between Australia and South Africa but the roots lie in the first test when Warner and Quinton de Kock got into an altercation as the latter insulted the former's wife over her affair with All Black rugby player Sonny Bill Williams in 2007.

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During the second test, two senior Cricket South Africa officials were also photographed with three spectators wearing Williams' face masks. The taunts and insults directed at Candice followed by her break down have notably influenced David's actions during the third Test.

Warner was apparently trying to "protect me as much as he could and protecting the girls (their children)," said Candice. She clarified, "Dave would come home from the game and see me in tears in the bedroom, and the girls just looking at their mum, it’s been heartbreaking."

Not trying to justify her husband's actions, she reasoned, "But seeing them wearing the masks, to have people staring and pointing and laughing at me, to have the signs, to have, you know, the songs made up about me, I would have to sit there and cop that."

Candice stressed, "He (David) is seriously, seriously struggling and he’s not in a great headspace." She emphasised that the player is "hurting" while calling for sympathy and patience from the Australian fans as the batsman is still struggling to wrap his head around the fallout.