Smith, Warner play to­gether for first time since ban

Gulf Times Sport - - CRICKET -

Banned opener David Warner shared a home field with Steve Smith for the first time since the ball­tam­per­ing scan­dal yes­ter­day, but he didn’t last long as Steve Waugh’s son claimed his wicket. The two ap­peared for their re­spec­tive Syd­ney club teams in a game at Coogee Oval also fea­tur­ing Shane Wat­son and with Test great Waugh and bowl­ing le­gend Mitchell John­son in the grand­stands.

Both play­ers were given a warm re­cep­tion by a bumper crowd and spent time sign­ing au­to­graphs and pos­ing for pic­tures, with no sign of an­i­mos­ity to­wards them, ac­cord­ing to cricket.com.au.

Warner’s Rand­wick Peter­sham was sent in to bat by Smith’s Suther­land and he spanked two bound­aries be­fore cutting a ball from Austin Waugh to back­ward point on 13.

Smith fared bet­ter when his turn came to bat, com­pil­ing 48 be­fore be­ing stumped. For­mer Test all-rounder Wat­son over­shad­owed them both with a 41-ball 63 to help Suther­land win by three wick­ets.

It marked the first time Smith and Warner had shared a pitch since be­ing sent home in dis­grace from Aus­tralia’s tour of South Africa in March for their role in at­tempt­ing to al­ter the ball with sand­pa­per.

They were both banned from in­ter­na­tional and state cricket for a year, but are al­lowed to play at club level. They have not been seen to­gether pub­licly since the scan­dal turned their lives up­side down, but ac­cord­ing to the Syd­ney Daily Tele­graph they have been in reg­u­lar weekly con­tact and con­tinue to get along well.

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