Smith, Warner meet on a cricket field for the first time since ball-tampering saga

first_imgSteve Smith missed a half century but claimed bragging rights over his suspended international teammate David Warner when their teams met Saturday in Sydney club cricket.Almost 2,000 spectators turned out to watch the one-day match which featured a contest between Smith and his former vice-captain Warner, both suspended from top cricket in Australia for 12 months over their roles in the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town, South Africa, last March.At the toss, Shane Watson, who was turning out alongside Smith, shook hands and exchanged a few words with Warner. Smith too offered a courteous “morning” to Warner as he [email protected] and @stevesmith49 at Coogee Oval in Sydney today pic.twitter.com/x5fWJ3OHsEcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 10, 2018Smith made 48 from 71 balls and also took a wicket in the clash between his Sutherland team and Warner’s Randwick-Petersham at Sydney’s Coogee Oval.Smith had earlier picked up a wicket, ending with figures of 1/35 from his 10 overs, and took a catch too in the deep.Warner was out for 13 as Randwick-Petersham batted first, caught at gully by Austin Waugh, son of former Test captain Steve Waugh, who was a spectator at the match.Smith and Warner’s performances were over-shadowed by their former Australia teammate Watson, who scored 63 from 41 balls for Sutherland, including five sixes.According to a report in Cricket Australia, both Smith and Warner signed autographs and posed with fans in attendance at the local club ground. The pair too were at ease with each other too, with this being the first time they have been on the same cricket field since the ball-tampering scandal.advertisementREAD – Cricket Australia may lift bans on Steve Smith, David WarnerSmith and Warner are into the 8th month of their one year bans and talks from Cricket Australia (CA) suggest that the bans may be reduced.CA has come under pressure from the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) to end the bans following the release of the Longstaff review, which laid some of the blame for the fiasco at the door of the board.A depleted Australia have struggled to recover from the crisis, with the Test team losing two of their last three matches since Tim Paine took over the captaincy in South Africa. While the Aaron Finch-led ODI team finally managed to break their seven-match losing streak in the 2nd ODI against South Africa on Friday.(With inputs from AP and Reuters)last_img

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