Candice Warner apologises to SBW over masks - 'Imagine how his wife would feel'

David Warner's wife Candice has extended an apology to Sonny Bill Williams for taunts South Africa Cricket officials made to her husband about a scandalous tryst involving her and the All Black.

While discussing her miscarriage in the fallout of her husband's ball-tampering shame to Australian Women's Weekly, Warner also spent some time saying sorry to Williams on behalf of South Africa Cricket.

"I finally received a weak apology from Cricket South Africa. I realised they’re the ones to feel ashamed, not me," she said.

Sonny Bill Williams of the Blues offloads against Beauden Barrett and Ngani Laumape of the Hurricanes. Super Rugby match, Blues v Hurricanes at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. 15 April 2017 © Copyright Photo: Anthony Au-Yeung /
Sonny Bill Williams of the Blues offloads against Beauden Barrett and Ngani Laumape of the Hurricanes. Source: Photosport

"I'd like to extend that apology to Sonny Bill. He's a husband and father, so imagine how his wife would feel and his kids."

The scandal took place 11 years ago at a toilet in a Sydney pub before either had met their spouses.

Cricket South Africa executives Clive Eksteen and Altaaf Kazi were photographed wearing masks of Williams' face during the second Test of the drama-filled series between Australia and the Proteas.

The masks were introduced after Quinton de Kock allegedly raised the tryst with the former Aussie vice-captain, leading to the now-infamous stairwell stoush between the pair during the first Test in Durban.

David Warner and partner Candice Falzon at Phillip Hughes' funeral


‘I paid the ultimate price’ - Candice Warner reveals she suffered miscarriage after husband David’s ball tampering incident and blames stress from scandal and abuse copped

Australian cricketer David Warner’s wife Candice has revealed she suffered a miscarriage after the ball tampering scandal.

Warner was suspended from international cricket for 12 months and stripped of the vice-captaincy after masterminding the plot where his fellow Australian opener Cam Bancroft altered the ball with sandpaper during the third Test against the Proteas in South Africa, in March.

Candice told Australian Women's Weekly the stress of the scandal and the abuse she received led to her miscarrying a week after her husband's emotional press conference in Sydney.

"It rocked my very foundation and I paid the ultimate price, losing our baby. I wonder how all those who came after me feel now?" 

"I called Dave to the bathroom and told him I was bleeding. We knew I was miscarrying. We held one another and cried," she said.

"The ordeal from the public humiliations to the ball tampering had taken its toll and, from that moment, we decided nothing will impact our lives like that again."

Candice had found out she was pregnant with the couple’s third child ahead of the Test in Cape Town, where the ball tampering would take place.

"I don't think either of us realised how much we longed for this baby," she said.

Earlier in the tour of South Africa, the Warners had been targeted by fans over Candice's toilet tryst with Sonny Bill Williams in 2008.

She has said previously that she felt like the ball tampering scandal was her fault.

"I feel like it's all my fault and it's killing me - it's absolutely killing me," she said.

"I haven't been much of a support because I've been a wreck. I'm really not well."

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 27:  David Warner and Candice Falzon walk out at St Vincent's Hospital on November 27, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Cricket player Phil Hughes has died at the age of 25 due to severe head injuries sustained by a bouncer delivery. Hughes was struck by a bouncer delivery during the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at the SCG on Tuesday. He was taken to St Vincent's Hospital in a critical condition. (Photo by Joosep Martinson/Getty Images)
David Warner and Candice Falzon Source: Getty



'Little flash, lots of substance' - Kane Williamson named captain of IPL team of the year

Black Caps captain Kane Williamson has been recognised for his stellar Indian Premier League season after being named captain of the team of the year.

Williamson had the second-most runs in the regular season, knocking 661 at an average of 60.09 alongside a strike rate of 143 in 14 innings for table-topping Sunrisers Hyderabad.

The Kiwi batsman picked up eight half-centuries throughout the round robin.

His performances led to ESPN's Cricinfo naming Williamson the skipper of its IPL team of the year, where selections were based on Smart Stats - a new analytical process for T20 cricket which examines a batsman's strike rate at various parts of the innings, and dot ball percentage.

"Williamson was hard to dismiss and would bat smart: at a reliable pace in demanding conditions or in a small chase, and surprisingly faster when the situation needed it," the website wrote.

"Typical Williamson: little flash, lots of substance."

Williamson's role for Sunrisers grew heading into the season after former captain David Warner was banned for his involvement in the Australian ball-tampering saga.

With Williamson steadying the ship, the Sunrisers went on to collect nine wins from 14 games to finish top of the table, making a name for themselves in the process as time and time again they managed to defend low totals.

West Indies allrounder Sunil Narine, Afghanistan legspinner Rashid Khan and Australian fast bowler Andrew Tye were the other internationals named in the team of the year.

ESPN CricInfo IPL team of 2018

1. KL Rahul, 2. Sunil Narine, 3. Kane Williamson (c), 4. Ambati Rayudu, 5. Rishabh Pant, 6. Dinesh Karthik, 7. MS Dhoni, 8. Rashid Khan, 9. Andrew Tye, 10. Umesh Yadav, 11. Jasprit Bumrah

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Kane Williamson plays a shot for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Source: Getty