David Warner’s Caribbean Premier League stint has gotten off to a horror start after he dropped an easy catch before being bowled out for single-figures.
Warner had a night to forget while playing for the St Lucia Stars on Thursday in his most competitive match following a year-long ban for ball-tampering.
The former Australian vice-captain stroked just one boundary in his innings of nine at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain.
His stumps were skittled when he misread the length of a delivery from all-rounder Javon Searles.
David Warner, pictured here with his wife Candice, is serving a year-long ban from international and Australian state-level cricket following a ball-tampering scandal in March
Warner’s stumps were skittled on Thursday while playing in the Caribbean Premier League when he misread the length of a delivery from all-rounder Javon Searles
Warner fell during a collapse of 6-18, which included Australian spinner Fawad Ahmed snagging two wickets in the space of four balls.
He had earlier dropped an easy catch in the deep while fielding, during his team’s 100-run loss to the Trinbago Knight Riders.
Warner and former Australian captain Steve Smith, who has signed up with Barbados, are both taking part in the Twenty20 tournament.
Smith is also serving a year-long ban, while Warner’s former test opening partner Cameron Bancroft is serving nine months for his part in the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal in March.
The bans issued by Cricket Australia preclude the trio from playing at international and state levels, along with the domestic ‘Big Bash’ Twenty20 tournament.
But they are allowed to play in local third-tier club competitions and T20 tournaments overseas.
Warner had earlier dropped an easy catch in the deep while fielding at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain
David Warner (pictured at press conference in March about the ball tampering scandal) launched his Caribbean Premier League stint with a single figure contribution to the St Lucia Stars 100-run loss to the Trinbago Knight Riders
Speaking at a press conference broadcast on the Global T20 Canada official website last month Warner said: ‘Me and Steve, we’re good mates’.
‘We hadn’t really been able to catch up because he’s been away, Cameron’s been in Perth and I’ve been doing what I’ve been doing, I’ve got family at home, so it’s been hard,’ Warner said.
‘But this has been good, we’ve caught up and had numerous chats and I’m sure we’ll hang out plenty more.’
Warner has been cast as the scapegoat after what happened three months ago, but he added: ‘Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion’.
‘Critics will be critics but, at the end of the day, that’s why they’re behind their keyboards. They do what they do and we move forward and just try to ignore that.’