Disgrace Australia opener, David Warner, made his return to competitive cricket in the inaugural Global T20 Canada on Friday.
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Before the game, Warner had not played competitive cricket since getting banned for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal during the Cape Town Test in March this year. He along with Steven Smith received a one-year ban while Cameron Bancroft received a nine-month ban.
Warner’s comeback, however, was over in a matter of minutes, as he could score only one. However, it did not hurt his side much, as Winnipeg Hawks opened their campaign with an impressive win. The star-studded Winnipeg side thrashed Montreal Tigers by 46 runs.
Warner faced just two balls before getting castled by the veteran pacer, Lasith Malinga. After the game, the hard-hitting batsman took to Instagram to express his delight over his comeback. At the same time, he also added some humour to his message, writing,
“Great to be back out there yesterday. We got the result we wanted and played extremely well. Yep yet again Mali got me again for I think the 20th time ??.”
Even during the game, he joked after being out for just one.
“Get more than one run,” Warner had jokingly said when asked how to live up to his billing.
“Good to be back out in the field with a smile on my face. These tournaments are exciting, just like the IPL or the Big Bash League. I’m grateful for this opportunity,” he had added.
Meanwhile, unlike Warner, Smith made a good comeback to the field. The former Australia skipper cracked a half century for Toronto Nationals. He made 61 off 41 balls to lead the Toronto Nationals to a six-wicket win over the Vancouver Knights.