David Warner denies rift with Smith after Aussie pair face each other in club cricket

Warner v Smith in Sydney Grade Cricket: Randwick-Petersham v Sutherland

David Warner today addressed stories abound of falling out with former captain Steve Smith as the disgraced pair met each other today during their club cricket match in the New South Wales Premier Cricket competition.

The rumours circling of a rift come hot on the heels of another incident involving Warner a couple of weeks ago, when he left the pitch after being sledged by an opponent in another club game in Sydney.

Nevertheless, Warner has batted back any suggestion of animosity between the two men after the infamous ball tampering incident which rocked Australian cricket to the core back in March of this year.

"There has been a lot of media talk that we don’t get along, that I’ve thrown him under the bus," Warner said.

"It’s good comedy for us, we enjoy it. We’re catching up with each other and texting each other.

"We don’t read it all but some of the fun stuff the boys throw towards us.

"It’s great to have everyone here supporting us and cricket in general."

Warner was widely accused in the media of being the chief instigator of the ball tampering episode and there was talk of him being ostracised from the Australian dressing room for good after the shameful incident.

Warner v Smith in Sydney Grade Cricket: Randwick-Petersham v Sutherland

However, after the recent findings from a Cricket Australia report into the saga, which also lambasted the general culture of Australian cricket from the top down, there have been moves from the players union, the Australian Cricket Association to get the bans reduced.

Warner does not believe that his ban will be reduced but has set his sights firmly on trying to get back in the team before the huge summer of cricket next year, with the Ashes and the World Cup taking place on English soil.

"At the end of the day I’m sitting here 12 months on the sideline, that’s my take on it," he said.

"The end result and the long-form goal is to get back in the Baggy Green and play the World Cup. But it's a game at a time."

Warner v Smith in Sydney Grade Cricket: Randwick-Petersham v Sutherland

The pair appeared jovial despite the rumours otherwise as they shook hands after the game, which Smith’s side Sutherland won by three wickets.

It does appear that the Aussie public are slowing starting to forgive Warner and Smith as they played in front of packed Coogee Oval and both received warm applause when they batted out in the middle.

After the litany of poor performances of the national team in recent months, they could do with the shamed pair returning to action for them as soon as their bans end next March.

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