David Warner has returned to cricket in Australia since his ball-tampering suspension. Warner took part in a one-day match in Darwin’s limited overs Strike League on Saturday (July 21). The southpaw played for the City Cyclones in a 50-over match against the Northern Tide at the Marrara Cricket Ground. Warner scored 36 in the match before falling to a top-edged catch. He also took a catch in the field.
Cricket Australia had imposed a one-year ban on Warner for his involvement in the ball-tampering plot at Newlands in March. Besides Warner, CA had also issued severe punishments on former Australia captain Steve Smith and the rookie opener Cameron Bancroft. While Smith was suspended for 12 months, Bancroft was barred from international cricket for a period of 9-month.
Following their investigation, CA had also mentioned that the convicted trio will have to complete 100 hours of community service before being considered for future selection. While Smith and Bancroft will have to wait two years before they are considered for leadership roles, Warner will never again be considered for captaincy.
After the sanction imposed by Cricket Australia, the BCCI had also barred Warner from participating in the Indian Premier League 2018. It is worth mentioning here that Warner has led SRH to IPL triumph in 2016 besides being the highest run-getter in IPL 2017.
Warner recently played in a Twenty20 tournament in Canada. He represented Winnipeg Hawks in the cash-rich event but couldn’t make a mark with the bat. The left-hander amassed 109 runs in 8 innings for the Winnipeg Hawks.