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David Warner dismisses talks of rift with Steve Smith

The swashbuckling Australian opener David Warner has finally talked about his relationship with the former Australian skipper, Steve Smith.  David Warner was banned from International cricket for one-year by Cricket Australia for involving in ball-tampering scandal against South Africa.  Cricket Australia had also imposed a one-year ban on skipper, Steve Smith and a 9-month ban on the opener, Cameron Bancroft.

The Australian batsman David Warner returned to cricket at the inaugural Global Canada T20 league. He managed to score just 1 run and was bowled by Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga.  However, his team Winnipeg Hawks beat Montreal Tigers by 46 runs at King City.

Warner, Smith picked in Global T20 Canada
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 15: David Warner of Australia looks on during game two of the One Day International series between Australia and Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground on January 15, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Prezioso – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

 

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“It definitely has been [tough], not just for me but for my family, obviously the fans out there that support cricket and Australian cricket, so I’m responsible for that, that’s my fault and why I’ve had some tough times. But I’m an adult, I’m big, strong, I’ll move forward and keep continuing to move forward and making sure I’m doing the right things at the right times to keep playing the best cricket I can,” Warner said.

“Steve and me are good mates. If people hang in the hotel, they’ll see us hanging out with each other and stuff. At the end of the day, it was a big thing that happened and for us, you’ve got to handle it in your individual way and then how you handle it collectively. We haven’t really been able to catch up because he’s been away, Cameron’s been in Perth and I’ve been doing what I’m doing and got family at home. So it’s been hard, but this has been good, we’ve had numerous chats and I’m sure we’ll hang out plenty more, we’re in the same hotel,” he added.

Following the ban by Cricket Australia, Warner was barred by BCCI from participating in the 11th edition of Indian Premier League. David Warner-led Sunrisers Hyderabad lifted the IPL trophy in the year 2016.

While Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft will have to wait for two years before they are considered for leadership roles, David Warner will never be considered for the captaincy role.  The suspended trio will be back before the start of 2019 World Cup and it will be a massive strength for struggling Australian team.

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