David Warner has 'never said his part' on ball tampering saga, says wife Candice

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Candice Warner says that her husband, David Warner, has "never said his part" on the infamous ball tampering scandal that rocked Australian cricket back in 2018. 

Warner was banned for 12 months alongside then-Test captain Steve Smith after Cameron Bancroft, banned for nine months, identified him as the mastermind behind the decision to use sandpaper to alter the state of the ball during that year's Newlands Test against the Proteas. 

It is considered one of the darkest moments in Australian cricket history and images of Smith and Warner in tears upon returning to their home country will be remembered forever by cricket followers. 

That 2018 series against the Proteas was heated throughout, with the sides clashing in the tunnel outside the changeroom during the Kingsmead Test where Warner and South African wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock almost came to blows. 

Nothing has been confirmed since, but reports at the time suggested that De Kock had passed an offensive comment Warner's way, referring to an incident between Candice and All Black star Sonny Bill Williams that had happened a decade earlier. 

Candice Warner has spoken about how difficult that time was for her and her family, and speaking on Channel 7’s SAS Australia this week, she opened up on the situation while also defending her husband for his role in the tampering by implying that there was more to the story that fans did not know. 

Asked if Warner had tampered with the ball, Candice said: "No. That’s other people's opinion. He has never said his part," she said. 

"Too many people I feel are quick to make a judgment or opinions on myself or my family.

"The media make us out to be people that we’re not — bad people, bad parents."

Candice Warner also referred to the hostile environment she had experienced in South Africa.

"There were incidents in South Africa where people were trying to make fun of me, mock me. Belittle me in front of my family," she said.

"Because of an incident that happened in the past. And they think it’s funny."

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

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