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David Warner walks off pitch while playing in Sydney grade match; wife Candice reveals why

It is learnt that while Warner was batting, he received hurtful comments by a fielder which prompted him to walk off field. Warner's wife Candice reveals what was said.

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New Delhi Updated on: October 29, 2018 9:28 IST
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David Warner walked off the field after receiving hurtful comments

Banned Australia batsman David Warner briefly left the field during his innings in a Sydney club competition match after appearing to be sledged by an opponent.

Warner is currently serving a 12-month ban from international and state cricket after his role in a ball-tampering plot during a Test match against South Africa at Cape Town in March. He was opening the batting for Randwick-Petersham on Saturday against Western Suburbs when the incident happened.

The former Australia Test vice-captain then appeared to tell the umpire he was leaving the field and walked off, only to return to the crease 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.

The player who allegedly sledged Warner was later identified by Australian media as Jason Hughes, the older brother of former Australia test batsman Phillip Hughes, who died after being struck by a bouncer in 2014.

Media reports said Jason Hughes called Warner a "disgrace."

Warner, who was a friend and New South Wales state teammate of Phillip Hughes, declined to comment after the match. He made 157 for his first century in a red-ball game since the Cape Town test.

Warner's wife, Candice told Channel 9 as to what Jason, brother of late cricketer Phil Huges, told her husband and the reason for leaving the pitch mid-way. 

"Look, I’m not going to go into the details. However, David was taken aback by the comments and thought they went a little bit too far so he decided to remove himself from the game. Everyone has their own opinion, but I think there’s a difference between sledging and abuse."

Randwick-Petersham's first team manager Bill Anderson had also commented on the matter that went down with Warner as he told The Telegraph that the comments made by Jason were more ao an abuse than sledging. 

"I’m not going to get into what was said yesterday, but it went too far. I would personally put (the comments) into the (abuse) category, but I’m talking for myself. He removed himself firstly because he didn’t like what he was hearing and where that could’ve been taken. It was hurtful, very hurtful," he added.

The incident comes ahead of the expected release by Cricket Australia on Monday of an independent report into the culture of the Australian national body and its possible influence on the ball-tampering scandal.

Cricket Australia has been accused of fostering a win at all costs culture by offering substantial win bonuses.

Warner and then Australia captain Steve Smith were both banned for 12 months for their role in approving the attempt at cheating in the Cape Town test. Batsman Cameron Bancroft, who actually attempted to change the condition of the ball, received a lesser penalty.

Under the terms of the ban the trio cannot play test cricket or in Australia's domestic representative competitions. But they have been able to play in lucrative Twenty20 leagues overseas and are free to play in the Sydney grade competition.

(With AP Inputs)

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