David Warner, currently banned for a year due to the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa, created a stir during a Sydney Grade competition game between Randwick Petersham and Western Suburbs District Cricket Club when he walked off in the middle of the innings after a ‘hurtful’ sledge from Jason Hughes, the brother of the late Phillip Hughes.
According to Fairfax Media reports, Jason apparently told Warner, “You're a disgrace, you shouldn't be playing cricket.” It was this moment which promoted Warner to leave the field and threatened not to return. After being addressed by senior club officials, returned to the field and smashed 157, his second century in this season.
In an interview with Australia’s Channel Nine Sunday sport’s program, Candice Warner, the wife of David said the comments went a bit too far and the batsman decided to remove himself from the game.
Speaking to the Telegraph, Randwick-Petersham first-grade manager Bill Anderson said the comments were ‘very hurtful to him’. “I'm not going to get into what was said yesterday, but it went too far. I would personally put (the comments) into the (abuse) category, but I'm talking for myself. He removed himself firstly because he didn't like what he was hearing and where that could've been taken,” Anderson said.
Warner, along with Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft, were the three people who were accused of ball-tampering during the Newlands Test against South Africa earlier in the year. Cricket Australia banned Warner and Smith for one year while Bancroft received a nine-month ban. In addition, Warner was banned from holding any leadership position permanently.
The comments from Jason come at a time when Cricket Australia are set to release their findings from twin reviews in the game in the wake of the scandal.
Phillip Hughes remembered
Jason is the brother of Phillip, who represented Australia but tragically died on November 25, 2014 at the age of 25 after getting hit by a bouncer from bowler Sean Abbott on the back of the head during a Sheffield Shield game between New South Wales and South Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Hughes later died from bleeding on the brain, sparking an outpouring of grief. At the inquest, Warner said Hughes had been one of his "closest mates" and he missed him every day.