Warner walks off field, mid-innings, after sledge

David Warner

David Warner walks off mid-over in Sydney grade game after sledging

In a weird turn of events at Ashfield's Pratten Park in Australia, David Warner brought play at a Sydney Grade Cricket game to a temporary halt by walking off the field after being sledged.

As news of his brief walk-off spread, a number of TV crews and reporters arrived at the Pratten Park ground to the west of Sydney but both times Warner later left the field during his innings - at tea and then on his dismissal - he refused to comment on the incident.

While the laws of the game state a player can not return once they have left the field of play, opposing side Western Suburbs allowed it on this occasion.

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Warner, who was on 35 when he left the field, went on to score a ton.

Warner's action resulted in some confusion given that a batsman walking off the field of play is generally not permitted to return to the crease unless he had previously retired hurt.

Cricket Australia says it understands the player involved was Jason Hughes, brother of former Australia Test player Phillip Hughes, but have not given any details of the sledging, other that it turned "personal" and "nasty".

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According to reports, a number of his teammates talked him into returning and he agreed after several minutes, going on to smash a century.

"Told the umpire 'I'm removing myself from the game".

Warner recorded his century from 179 balls as the day progressed, his second in four appearances for Randwick-Petersham this season.

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