A day after David Warner walked off the field midway while batting during a Grade A match between Randwick-Petersham and Western Suburbs, the wife of the tainted Australian batsman has opened up on the reason behind his action.
Candice Warner, while speaking to Channel Nine, has revealed that Jason Hughes, brother of late Phil Hughes, was the culprit behind Warner leaving the field. She said:
"Look, I’m not going to go into the details. However, David was taken aback by the comments and thought they went a little bit too far so he decided to remove himself from the game. Everyone has their own opinion, but I think there’s a difference between sledging and abuse."
Bill Anderson, first team manager of Randwick-Petersham, the team for which Warner was playing, told The Telegraph that the comments of Jason were very offensive, and were similar to abuse.
"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. It was hurtful, very hurtful," he added.
The incident took place on Saturday when Warner was nearing his 30s after his side had won the toss and decided to bat first. According to a spectator present at the Sydney local cricket ground, Warner reportedly told the umpire "I'm removing myself from the game", despite not being dismissed.
However, the Australian was back at the crease after some convincing from his team-mates and the permission of the West Suburbs players.
According to the rule book, a batsman is unable to return to the pitch unless they are retired hurt. Though, the Western Suburbs players were kind enough to let the controversial batsman complete his innings. The opposition was made later made to pay the price as Warner went on to smash a brilliant century.
Warner is presently serving his 12-month ban which was given to him by Cricket Australia in the wake of the ball tampering scandal which took place earlier this year in March.