David Warner walk-off after hurtful sledge by Phil Hughes brother

Dean Simpson
October 28, 2018

Banned Australia batsman David Warner has been involved in a freaky incident during a grade match in Sydney on Saturday where he walked off the pitch mid-innings.

Warner, who was a friend and team-mate of Phillip, is serving a 12-month ban from global and state cricket for his role in a ball-tampering plot against South Africa at Cape Town in March.

The player who allegedly sledged Warner was later identified by Australian media as Jason Hughes, the older brother of former Australia Test batsman Phillip Hughes, who died after being struck by a bouncer in 2014. "Umpires are there to deal with on field incidents, but not David ME ME ME Warner".

"Everyone has their opinion but I think there is a difference between sledging and abuse".


"Look, I'm not going to go into the details. It was hurtful. It was very hurtful".

He left the field on 35 but returned shortly afterwards following the intervention of teammates, and went on to score a majestic 157.

Cricket Australia's website claimed that what started as goading from Hughes soon turned personal and Warner - who has a fierce on-field reputation - made a decision to leave before it escalated. It is a terrific game, but I can't get over how many people are talking it down at the moment and gee it really worries me.

On Sunday, Warner's wife Candice appeared on Channel 9's "Sport Sunday" program to defend her husband walking off the field and labelled the attack from Hughes as 'abusive'.


Randwick-Petersham first-grade manager Bill Anderson told The Telegraph Warner felt the comments were "very offensive to him".

The incident comes two days before Cricket Australia releases the much-anticipated findings from the two reviews into its on-field and corporate cultures.

The three Test players were banned for their roles after Bancroft was caught using sandpaper to tamper with the ball during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

'It would have been nice to get him out but we'll have to get him after tea.


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