While David Warner was engulfed in the ball tampering scandal, Candice miscarried twice.

Warning: this post deals with pregnancy loss and may be triggering to some readers.

Cricket Australia’s ball-tampering scandal rocked the country last year, but the fall-out from the incessant headlines did far more than merely dent player David Warner’s reputation.

Watch David Warner fight back tears in his press conference last year. Post continues after.

At home, cricket was the least of concerns for he and his wife Candice, who revealed last year that the stress of the scandal caused her to miscarry.

While the former Ironwoman, 34, opened up about her pregnancy loss shortly after her 32-year-old husband’s suspension in an interview with Australian Woman’s Weekly, now, David’s revealed it actually happened twice.

“I called Dave to the bathroom and told him I was bleeding. We knew I was miscarrying. We held one another and cried,” Candice, who is currently pregnant with her third child, told the publication last year.


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“The miscarriage was a heartbreaking end to a horror tour. The ordeal from the public humiliations to the ball tapering had taken its toll and, from that moment, we decided nothing will impact our lives like that again.”

Speaking after the Aussies’ win over England at the World Cup this week – 15 months since the South African tour which dominated headlines, and three months since his suspension ended – David said the pair “had two miscarriages” during his enforced lay-off.

“It was unfortunate we had two miscarriages during that time and we would have had one (baby) before this but that’s just what happens and I’m looking forward to obviously the baby coming out and then still concentrating on cricket,” David said, as reported by

“We’re just grateful to have two healthy little girls at the moment and hopefully that third one on Sunday so I’m really anticipating it.”

In an emotional press conference in Sydney last year, Warner vowed to win back the respect of cricket lovers and the Australian public. A week later, Candice lost the couple’s unborn baby, the one she had been carrying in secret from the public.

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Warner vowed to win back the respect of Australia. Image: Image: Getty.

She and her husband of four years had been trying for a third child since July 2017, and were overjoyed to see a positive pregnancy test when they arrived in Cape Town for the test.

Candice said experiencing the first subtle changes of pregnancy, only for it all to end so abruptly, added to the pain.


“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 said.

She believes the backlash she and her husband experienced, combined with the scrutiny she faced after sexist taunts from opposition wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock, ultimately contributed to her pregnancy loss.

“It rocked my very foundation and I paid the ultimate price, losing our baby,” she said.

Now, with their third daughter due any day now joining Ivy Mae, four, and Indi Rae, three, life looks considerably different from the dark times they endured.


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A beautiful morning spent with the family in Hyde Park. Won’t be long until our little family of 4 becomes 5.

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Speaking from the world cup this week, David said the ordeal his family went through off the field has given him a different perspective on life.

“I just love being a father. I’ve got a great, supportive wife, a great family base at home as well,” he said.

“We’ve got great support around us, the guys here have been fantastic, they’ve really got around me at this important time for my family,” he added.

He also told reporters he was thrilled to be back on the pitch playing for Australia.

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