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David Warner is furious after throwing away his wicket against the West Indies

David Warner cannot hide his anger after throwing away a VERY cheap wicket against the West Indies in Adelaide… with opener reeling from failed captaincy return and more questions around sandpaper scandal

It’s been a torrid 24 hours for David Warner, with the opener unable to banish his off-field woes with an underwhelming knock against the West Indies.

Fresh from an explosive statement in which he withdrew his appeal against his lifetime captaincy ban, Warner arrived at the Adelaide Oval with a point to prove.

The 36-year-old revealed that the Review Panel wished to conduct a full inquest into his role in the sandpaper scandal which rocked Australian sport, accusing authorities of seeking a ‘public lynching’.

David Warner gave away his wicket cheaply and couldn’t hide his frustration in Adelaide

But instead of silencing his critics with a sumptuous knock, Warner went out with a whimper against the tourists on Thursday, being dismissed for 21 runs as the Australians looked to win their two-match Test series.

Biting at a Alzarri Joseph delivery wide of off stump, the opener failed to get a clean hit on the ball, which clipped the edge of his bat and sailed into Joshua Da Silva’s hands.

As he trudged off the pitch, Warner was seen ripping his gloves off in fury, angered by the nature of his cheap dismissal amid a turbulent past few hours. 

On Thursday, Warner’s manager James Erskine accused cricket officials of giving players permission to tamper with the ball.

The 36-year-old clipped a delivery into the palms of Josh da Silva to fall for 21 runs on Thursday

The 36-year-old clipped a delivery into the palms of Josh da Silva to fall for 21 runs on Thursday

Warner was seen ripping his gloves off in what has been a turbulent 24 hours for the opener

Warner was seen ripping his gloves off in what has been a turbulent 24 hours for the opener

He claimed the shocking development occurred after the Aussies suffered a heavy loss to South Africa in a Test match in Hobart in 2016. 

Erskine alleged the officials were ‘berating the team for losing against South Africa’ after the Test. 

‘Warner said, “We’ve got to reverse-swing the ball. The only way we can reverse-swing the ball is by tampering with it” – and they were told to do it,’ Erskine told SEN radio on Thursday.

At no stage did Erskine state the officials allegedly involved were from Cricket Australia. 

The manager also slammed the governing body’s handling of the scandal when it first broke, alleging the investigation was rushed and his client was made a scapegoat for the affair.

Warner's manager James Erskine (pictured) made the stunning accusations just after his client stepped up his fight with Cricket Australia over the captaincy ban he was hit with as a result of Sandpapergate in 2018

Warner’s manager James Erskine (pictured) made the stunning accusations just after his client stepped up his fight with Cricket Australia over the captaincy ban he was hit with as a result of Sandpapergate in 2018

Erskine said Warner (pictured with wife Candice) was scapegoated by Cricket Australia

Erskine said Warner (pictured with wife Candice) was scapegoated by Cricket Australia

‘When the truth comes out, everyone’s going to turn around and say, well, why was David Warner picked upon?’ he said.  

‘Cricket Australia had the whole process, the [Iain] Roy report was done in four days.

‘You’d have to be a blind black labrador, there was far more than three people involved in this thing. They all got a caning and David Warner was completely villainised.’

Under the belief Cricket Australia’s review would centre more on his own growth since the 2018 ball-tampering saga, Warner said he was dismayed to be told the review would include a cross-examination on the issue.

Cricket Australia has since confirmed they supported the 36-year-old’s push to have that process changed, but both were on Wednesday told by the independent panel of code-of-conduct commissioners they were holding firm on the matter.

Warner’s wife Candice broke down crying on live radio on Thursday as she revealed the toll the Sandpapergate saga and lifetime leadership ban has taken on their family.

‘We live it day to day, that pain doesn’t go away. It’s still raw,’ she said on Triple M’s Summer Breakfast Show.

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