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Cricket: Australia’s Warner, Smith dominant on club return

SYDNEY (Reuters) – David Warner scored an unbeaten 155 in his aspect’s thrilling last-ball win, whereas former check captain Steve Smith made 85 for his Sutherland club because the suspended duo loved sturdy returns to club cricket in Sydney on Saturday.

Smith and Warner have been banned for a yr from worldwide and state cricket for his or her involvement in a ball-tampering scandal and nonetheless have one other six months to serve.

They are persevering with their rehabilitation within the new Sydney club cricket season, which received underway this weekend.

The diminutive Warner couldn’t have hoped for a greater return, scoring a match-winning knock for Randwick-Petersham, who gained by 4 wickets off the final ball whereas chasing 278 towards St George.

The opening batsman carried his bat, his hundred coming off 98 balls in an innings that includes 13 fours and two sixes, together with one which went out of the bottom.

He reached his century with a leg-side single and celebrated the mark as he would in a global match together with his trademark leap and kiss of the badge on his helmet.

“He played really well and is very good in those type of situations,” stated former check staff mate Josh Hazlewood, who was enjoying towards Warner on Saturday.

“We probably beat anyone else today, except David Warner. It was a pretty special knock.”

Just a few miles away on the Glenn McGrath Oval, Smith additionally seemed stable in his 92-ball innings for Sutherland, who went all the way down to Mosman by three wickets.


The 29-year-old, who received married this week, acquired a heat welcome from an unusually massive crowd and seemed his ordinary twitchy self on the crease as he rattled off a half century in 62 balls.

“When he was batting, everyone was really warm with their support, and to be able to see so many people come to a grade game was incredible,” stated former Australia and present Sutherland staff mate Shane Watson.

“It’s awesome to see him playing, even though I’d rather he was playing for Australia. The support he got today will reassure him that everything’s okay, people do make mistakes and people do forgive very quickly.”

Still the quantity two check batsman within the ICC rankings, Smith’s innings included six fours and a six, earlier than he holed out to mid-on and acquired one other ovation as he trudged again to the pavilion.

It was all a far cry from the March day when he returned dwelling from South Africa a damaged man after the ball-tampering scandal, which additionally resulted in a nine-month suspension for batsman Cameron Bancroft.

Smith repeatedly succumbed to tears at a information convention at Sydney Airport as he apologised for his half within the incident that rocked Australia and likewise precipitated the departure of coach Darren Lehmann.

Their Cricket Australia bans expire on March 28 and it appears like they are going to be welcomed again into the Australia arrange for subsequent yr’s 50-overs World Cup and Ashes sequence in England.

“If our environment’s right and they’re playing well, there’s no reason they shouldn’t be welcomed back in to help us win the World Cup and help us win the Ashes next summer,” Lehmann’s alternative as coach Justin Langer stated this week

Reporting by Nick Mulvenney and Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; Editing by John O’Brien

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