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David Warner's wife claims 'very hurtful' sledging led to batsman walking off the field

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Aussie batsman David Warner is no stranger to controversy.

This weekend, the former Australia vice-captain walked off the field in protest while batting for Randwick-Petersham against Western Suburbs - despite being 35 and not out.

After a few minutes, Warner returned to the field, finishing with a tally of 157 runs overall.

However, many were still puzzled as to the reasons behind why the 32-year-old chose to prematurely leave the field in the first place.

After much speculation, Warner's wife Candice has shed some light on the issue.

According to the Times, a comment was made by Jason Hughes towards Warner's friendship with his late brother Phillip Hughes.

Phillip tragically passed away after being hit in the neck by a cricket ball while playing for South Australia in 2014.

Mrs. Warner took to Australia's Channel Nine to discuss her husband's reasons, claiming he was shocked by Hughes' remarks.

She said: "I am not going to go into the details, but David was taken aback by the comments and thought they went too far so he decided to remove himself from the game.

Randwick Petersham v St George - NSW Club Cricket

"Everyone has their own opinion, but I think there's a difference between sledging and abuse.

"I think he removed himself because he first of all didn't like what he was hearing and where that could have been taken.

"It was hurtful, very hurtful."

However, a report from the Sydney Morning Herald claims the comments were regarding one of Warner's previous controversies. One that's fresh on the minds of anyone in the world of cricket.

In March, Warner was given a one-year suspension from international cricket due to his involvement in a ball-tampering scandal. This suspension does not, however, prevent him from competing for domestic teams.

The article claims that Hughes said to Warner: "You're a disgrace, you shouldn't be playing cricket."

The Western Suburbs have also denied that the comments were regarding Phillip Hughes.

I'm sure this isn't the last we'll hear of Saturday's incident...

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