FAM­ILY GOES TO BAT FOR BANNED STARS

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - JULIAN LINDEN

THE gloves might al­ready be off in the de­bate over whether Steve Smith and David Warner should be al­lowed to re­join the strug­gling Aus­tralian cricket team, but no­body told Warner’s daugh­ter Indi Rae.

She’s just rel­ish­ing the time she gets to hang out with her dad.

Calls for the star pair to be re­in­stated have been grow­ing louder by the day and were deaf­en­ing at yes­ter­day’s Smith v Warner show­down at Coogee Oval.

Billed as the big­gest match in the grade com­pe­ti­tion for decades, thou­sands packed into the ground to see Aus­tralia’s two premier bats­men go head to head as Rand­wick played Suther­land.

Warner scored just 13 but it meant he had more time to spend with wife Candice and chil­dren Ivy Mae, 4, and Indi Rae, 2.

Warner de­lighted fans by not only sign­ing au­to­graphs but taking a nineyear-old boy, who had come all the way from Bal­larat to see him play, on a lap of the oval.

Smith scored 48 watched by wife Dani and the cou­ple’s puppy Char­lie, who lapped up the at­ten­tion.

For­mer Test skip­per Steve Waugh, whose son Austin plays for Suther­land and claimed the wicket of Warner, also was in the crowd.

Pic­tures: Jenny Evans

STAR AT­TRAC­TIONS: IONS David Warner W talks to wife Candice and kids (top); Indi Rae (in­set right) tries on Warner’s gloves while Dani Smith (left) watches hus­band Steve, S who later re­laxed with dog Char­lie (cen­tre).

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