Durban:South African Test cricketer Herschelle Gibbs has accused his estranged wife of making excessive demands for her maintenance.
Gibbs made the claim in an affidavit opposing his wife Tenielle's demand for monthly maintenance of about USD 12000.
The affidavit was filed in the Cape Town High Court on Saturday and the application will be heard next month.
Gibbs said his wife had been living a lavish lifestyle at his expense and his personal banker, as well his agent, Donne Commins, had warned her about it.
Gibbs said his wife's spending habits had resulted in his bank accounts being overdrawn.
"Tenielle wished to live a lavish and extravagant lifestyle, which resulted in us incurring debt and over-extending ourselves financially to such an extent that we were regularly approached by the relevant banking institutions regarding my overdrawn accounts," he said in the affidavit.
Gibbs said his wife had made decisions, without his authority, more than they had budgeted for. The couple had married last year.
Tenielle had lodged an application in June this year in which she said her husband was verbally "abusive" and "erratic".
She said they enjoyed a lavish lifestyle to which she had become accustomed.