Warner in­sists all OK with Smith

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport -

DAVID Warner has laughed off sug­ges­tions he has fallen out with Steve Smith, say­ing the sus­pended pair of­ten joke about talk that they don’t get along.

Smith and Warner met again yes­ter­day on a cricket field, as Coogee Oval was packed for the most awaited Syd­ney grade-cricket match in decades.

The pair have played against each other in Canada and Dar­win since the ball-tam­per­ing scan­dal, but rarely have more eyes been on them since their 12-month bans.

At the time, there were sug­ges­tions Warner had been cast out by the play­ing group, with the Test open­ing bats­man painted as the vil­lain and ar­chi­tect of the af­fair.

But the duo spoke warmly yes­ter­day on the field and em­braced af­ter the match, with Warner in­sis­tent there were no trou­bles be­tween them.

“As I said be­fore, there has been a lot of me­dia talk that we don’t get along, that I’ve thrown him un­der the bus,” Warner said.

“It’s good com­edy for us — we en­joy it. We’re catch­ing up with each other and tex­ting each other. We don’t read it all but some of the fun stuff the boys throw to­wards us.”

Warner and Smith won’t be avail­able to play for Aus­tralia again at home for al­most an­other year, but yes­ter­day sug­gested the redemp­tion tale would be well done by the time they do.

More than 2000 peo­ple turned out for yes­ter­day’s match be­tween Rand­wick Peter­sham and Suther­land, with fans spilling over be­tween the picket fence and bound­ary rope.

The pair were cheered all day, both with the bat and in the field, and reg­u­larly posed for pho­tos and signed au­to­graphs with fans both young and old.

Warner scored 13 and Smith hit 48 and took a wicket in Suther­land’s last-over win, but the big­gest pos­i­tive was the re­cep­tion in the pub­lic eye.

“That’s what cricket is all about — to come down here and have fun on a Satur­day af­ter­noon,” Warner said.

“It’s great just to come back and en­joy cricket and re­mind your­self it’s a fun game.”

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