TORONTO: Australia opener out for 1 on return to cricket, but is “excited” to be back playing, reported ICC.
David Warner’s return to cricket since the ball-tampering scandal lasted all of two balls as he was bowled by Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga for 1 in their Global T20 Canada match on Friday, 29 June.
Warner had a better time on the field for Winnipeg Hawks, however, taking a good catch to dismiss Dwayne Smith and then pulling off a run-out later in the match.
He finished on the winning side as Winnipeg, led by fifties from Ben McDermott and Darren Bravo posted 203/4 against Montreal Tigers, before Dwayne Bravo and Junaid Siddiqui, the Canada leg-spinner, took three wickets each to settle a 48-run win.
It was the Australian opener’s first taste of competitive cricket since he, captain Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft were embroiled in the ball-tampering scandal at the Newlands Test and were slapped with bans – 12 months for the seniors and nine for Bancroft. While they can’t turn out for Australia or play state cricket, they have been encouraged to stay in touch with the game through grade cricket and T20 leagues such as this one in Canada.
Smith on his return the previous day had made 61, and Warner admitted it would have been nice to “get more than one run”. Yet, he was happy and “grateful” to be out there playing again.
“It’s good to be on the field, a smile on my face, and a bunch of guys I haven’t played much cricket with. These tournaments are exciting,” he said.