Banned David Warner set to play Sydney grade cricket


Warner was part of the trio, Bancroft and Steve Smith being the others, to have been banned by Cricket Australia for twelve months following their involvement in the controversial ball-tampering saga in the Test series against South Africa.

Banned Australia batsman David Warner will attempt to get his career back on track by playing the start of the Sydney grade cricket season with Randwick Petersham.

But the combative opener is free to play for his club, and has indicated to them that he will do so this autumn.

Randwick Petersham club president Mike Whitney, a former Test fast bowler, said Warner will play in at least three of the first four matches of the season.

"We're delighted to have him".

"He's one of the best players Australia has had since World War Two".

Warner has also been linked with playing in the Northern Territory's limited-overs Strike League.

David Warner to mark his comeback with Sydney Premier Cricket
David Warner to play Premier cricket in Sydney

In a nine-year global career, Warner has, till date, played 74 Tests and 106 ODIs, as well as 70 T20Is for Australia.

"Everyone is excited to have him".

Fellow Australian Cameron Bancroft was also given the green light to play in Premier Cricket.

Whitney later said that we have always wanted Warner to play for us but he has been engaged with worldwide matches and other leagues and could not take any time out to play with us.

While former skipper Steve Smith was charged with knowledge of the plot, Warner was charged with developing it and instructing Cameron Bancroft to carry it out.

An emotional David Warner speaks to the media in March after returning home from the ball tampering scandal in South Africa.

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