Global T20 Canada: Warner off to underwhelming start

The former Australia vice-captain lasts two balls in his first competitive cricket game since the ball-tampering scandal.

David Warner is serving a 12-month ban imposed by Cricket Australia.   -  AFP

David Warner’s return to cricket lasted just two balls when the former Australia vice-captain was dismissed for one run in his first game since the ball-tampering scandal.

Warner is serving a 12-month ban from Cricket Australia for his role in the incident during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town in March. Warner and former Australia captain Steve Smith, who was also banned due to the scandal, are free to play in the Global T20 Canada, where Warner made his comeback on Friday.

Hawks beats Tigers

Opening for the Winnipeg Hawks, Warner was clean-bowled by Lasith Malinga’s first ball of the second over.

Australian Ben McDermott top-scored with 68 runs as Winnipeg scored 203 for 4 to beat Montreal Tigers (157 all out in 18.5 overs) by 46 runs.

Smith, who is playing for the Toronto Nationals, fared better than Warner on his return, scoring 61 off 41 balls on Thursday.

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