David Warner, the disgraced former Australian Test vice-captain, has created more headlines Down Under today as he briefly left the field during a grade cricket match for his club Randwick-Petersham.
The controversial left hander was embroiled in a sledging incident with Jason Hughes, brother of the late tragic Australian batsman Phillip, who died in 2014 after being struck by a ball in a state game for New South Wales.
The nature of the sledge is not fully known, but Cricket.com.au are reporting that Warner was goaded by Hughes about his batting and wanting to take the opposition on.
Warner took exception to this, and in bizarre fashion, removed himself from the wicket for a couple of minutes.
Strangely, however, he did not fully leave the field of play which led to an array of confusion for the crowd and the opposition.
The opposing team, who were obviously slightly bemused by the events, decided to allow Warner back to continue his innings.
Brendan Bradford, witnessing the incident, tweeted: ‘Weirdness in Sydney Grade cricket. Dave warner, on 35, just walked off the field in the middle of the over. Told the umpire “I’m removing myself from the game”. Apparently, it was because of a sledge. He walked off, then came back out to bat 2 mins later. #Cricket’
Unfortunately for them, they would come to regret that decision as Warner went on to score a sublime century for his team.
Watch the coverage of the incident below.
The incident comes as Warner is trying to keep himself busy and match fit in the wake of his 12-month ban from Cricket Australia after the infamous ball tampering episode in South Africa earlier this year.
Warner remains one of the most polarising figures in Australian sport, as many observers and fans blame him for the ball tampering episode and the generally ugly culture of the Australian team before the incident back in March.
Nevertheless, many people on the other side of the fence believe that the bans for him and former captain Steve Smith were proportionally harsh, and want him reinstated to an Australian team in decline after their recent thumping in the Test series against Pakistan.
As is always the case with David Warner, the story is about him and without doubt he will carry on dividing opinion for as long as he carries on playing the game.
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