David Warner Walks Off Mid-Innings After Being Sledged In Grade Cricket
In a bizarre turn of events, tainted Australia batsman David Warner walked off the field mid-innings after being sledged during a Sydney grade cricket match on Saturday.
The former Australia vice-captain is currently serving a lengthy ban along with former captain Steve Smith and opener Cameron Bancroft for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town in March this year.
In the wake of the scandal, Cricket Australia had slapped lengthy bans on the trio. While Smith and Warner received one-year ban each, Bancroft was docked with a nine-month suspension. Smith also had to give up his captaincy. The trio was banned from playing international and first-class cricket for their states.
But Cricket Australia allowed them to play club cricket and in foreign competitions. As a result, the trio returned to action soon after being banned.
Warner and Smith have already plied their trade in T20 leagues in Canada and Caribbean. Warner also recently signed a deal to play for Sylhet Sixers in the upcoming Bangladesh Premier League.
The southpaw is currently playing for Randwick-Petersham. But things turned sour on Saturday while he was playing against Western Suburbs.
Warner was batting on 35 when the drama unfolded. As per media reports, the World Cup-winning star was offended by a sledge from a Wests player and told the umpires he was taking himself out of the game. He soon left the field, thus bringing the game to a halt.
But Warner soon returned to the field after being convinced by his teammates. There were some confusion over his return to action as a batsman could resume batting after leaving the field of play only if he has retired hurt. But reports suggest that Warner returned to the crease because the opposition players did not object.
And as soon as he returned to the field, he started hammering the bowlers and eventually reached yet another ton.