Sacked vice-captain David Warner, who was banned for 12 months by Cricket Australia after being accused of masterminding a ploy to scuff the ball illegally in Cape Town, broke down during Saturday’s press conference.
Warner became particularly emotional while apologising to wife Candice and the couple’s two young children for “putting you through this”.
Warner was widely criticised for not answering questions directly on Saturday. It’s understood the opener was advised to take that approach because there is a strong chance he will take the code-of-conduct charge to a formal hearing.
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“I”m sure there were things he wanted to say but he just couldn’t get it out. He is hurting. He is seriously, seriously struggling and he’s not in a great headspace,” Candice Warner told News Corp Australia.
“He’s just such an emotional wreck.
“I feel like it’s all my fault and it’s killing me — it’s absolutely killing me.
“I haven’t been much of a support because I’ve been a wreck.
“I’m really not well.
“If people could understand … if they could just sympathise just slightly with the month that he’s had.”
Candice made it clear there was no excuse for her husband’s mistake, but noted their family had endured a tough month in South Africa.
Both of them were targeted with vulgar and personal abuse that centred on Candice’s tryst with Sonny Bill Williams over 10 years ago, long before she met Warner.
Warner raged in the staircase at a comment Proteas keeper Quinton de Kock made about his wife during the first Test, while Cricket South Africa officials overruled venue security at the second Test and ordered them to allow Williams masks into the ground.