Within eight months of his international ban, disgraced Australian batsman David Warner is currently finding himself in the middle of another on-field drama albeit in a Sydney grade cricket match. The left-hander who is serving an embargo of 12 months for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa earlier this year is currently plying his trade in leagues around the world in order to gain useful match practice till he remains on the sidelines.
However, when he turned up for Randwick-Petersham against Western Suburbs in Sydney on Saturday he was allegedly sledged by an opposition player when on 35. Feeling offended Warner decided to leave the game midway. According to foxsports.com.au, he told the umpire: “I’m removing myself from the game”.
Weirdness in Sydney Grade cricket. Dave warner, on 35, just walked off the field in the middle of the over. Told the umpire “I’m removing myself from the game”. Apparently it was because of a sledge. He walked off, then came back out to bat 2 mins later. #Cricket pic.twitter.com/jX0lihgLxU— Brendan Bradford (@1bbradfo) October 27, 2018
The former Australia test vice-captain, who turns 32 on Saturday, then appeared to tell the umpire he was leaving the field and walked off, only to return to the crease just a few minutes later to continue his innings.
The incident didn't seem to affect Warner for long though as he went on to make a century, his second since the start of the club season last month. Curiously it was the Westerners who allowed the 'Pocket Dynamo' to return to the field while not being retired hurt. Possibly they didn't want to dismiss the opener in such a disgraceful fashion.
(With AP inputs)