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Sunday, 28 October 2018

Wests defend Hughes over Warner walk-off


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No official reports have been made about David Warner's controversial grade cricket mid-innings walk off after he was allegedly sledged by Jason Hughes, the brother of the late Phil Hughes, and is therefore not expected to become the subject of a judiciary hearing.

"There was no barrage of sledges aimed at David Warner by any WSDCC player," Western Suburbs said in a statement on Sunday.

"There was a brief exchange between Jason Hughes and David Warner. This exchange had nothing to do with Phil Hughes.

"This exchange was not vicious or abusive as alleged in some sections of the media."

David Warner's wife says the suspended Test batsman left the field in a Sydney grade match on Saturday because he was concerned where "very hurtful" comments could lead.

The drama surrounding Warner's walk off continued on Sunday, as opponents Western Suburbs leapt to the defence of Hughes.

In a statement, they insisted there had been no abuse or barrage of sledges directed at Warner, and a "brief exchange" between Hughes and the banned Test star was not abusive and had nothing to do with Phillip.

Warner scored his second century of the summer for Randwick-Petersham while on a 12-month ban from elite cricket in Australia, but his 157 was overshadowed by his temporary walkoff.

On Sunday, Warner's wife Candice suggested her husband left the field early in his innings at Pratten Park to defuse a situation he was concerned could turn uglier.

"He left the field because first of all he didn't like what he was hearing and where that could have been taken," Candice Warner told the Nine Network's Sports Sunday.

"It was hurtful, it was very hurtful."

Asked if the comments were "abusive", she said: "I personally would put it into that category but I'm talking for myself."

Warner 'taken back' by Hughes sledge: Candice

Warner has a reputation as a sledger in international cricket but his wife claimed this went too far.

"Everyone has their own opinion but there is a difference between sledging and abuse," she said.

"I'm not going to go into the details but 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."

Warner and axed Test captain Steve Smith are playing for their Sydney grade clubs amid 12-month bans from elite cricket for their roles in March's sandpaper ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test.

Warner was friends with Phillip Hughes, who died after being struck while batting for South Australia against NSW in a Sheffield Shield match in 2014.

The weekend incident comes before Cricket Australia on Monday releases its findings from reviews conducted in the wake of the ball-tampering fiasco, of which Warner was painted as the main villain.

No official reports have been made about David Warner's controversial grade cricket mid-innings walk off after he was allegedly sledged by Jason Hughes, the brother of the late Phil Hughes, and is therefore not expected to become the subject of a judiciary hearing.

"There was no barrage of sledges aimed at David Warner by any WSDCC player," Western Suburbs said in a statement on Sunday.

"There was a brief exchange between Jason Hughes and David Warner. This exchange had nothing to do with Phil Hughes.

"This exchange was not vicious or abusive as alleged in some sections of the media."

David Warner's wife says the suspended Test batsman left the field in a Sydney grade match on Saturday because he was concerned where "very hurtful" comments could lead.

The drama surrounding Warner's walk off continued on Sunday, as opponents Western Suburbs leapt to the defence of Hughes.

In a statement, they insisted there had been no abuse or barrage of sledges directed at Warner, and a "brief exchange" between Hughes and the banned Test star was not abusive and had nothing to do with Phillip.

Warner scored his second century of the summer for Randwick-Petersham while on a 12-month ban from elite cricket in Australia, but his 157 was overshadowed by his temporary walkoff.

On Sunday, Warner's wife Candice suggested her husband left the field early in his innings at Pratten Park to defuse a situation he was concerned could turn uglier.

"He left the field because first of all he didn't like what he was hearing and where that could have been taken," Candice Warner told the Nine Network's Sports Sunday.

"It was hurtful, it was very hurtful."

Asked if the comments were "abusive", she said: "I personally would put it into that category but I'm talking for myself."

Warner 'taken back' by Hughes sledge: Candice

Warner has a reputation as a sledger in international cricket but his wife claimed this went too far.

"Everyone has their own opinion but there is a difference between sledging and abuse," she said.

"I'm not going to go into the details but 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."

Warner and axed Test captain Steve Smith are playing for their Sydney grade clubs amid 12-month bans from elite cricket for their roles in March's sandpaper ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test.

Warner was friends with Phillip Hughes, who died after being struck while batting for South Australia against NSW in a Sheffield Shield match in 2014.

The weekend incident comes before Cricket Australia on Monday releases its findings from reviews conducted in the wake of the ball-tampering fiasco, of which Warner was painted as the main villain.

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