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Steve Smith, David Warner impress in NSW Premier Cricket competition

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Steve Smith and David Warner scored heavily in the New South Wales Premier Cricket competition.

Smith, the former Australia captain, scored 85 for Sutherland against Mosman, before getting caught at mid-off off a leading edge at the Glenn McGrath Oval.

But Warner, the former vice-captain, went one better and scored a hundred in his Randwick-Petersham’s chase of 278 against St George at Coogee Oval.

For Smith this was his first match on Australian soil since the ball-tampering saga in March during the tour of South Africa, whereas Warner had earlier played in Northern Territory Strike League.

The duo were slapped with 12-month suspensions by Cricket Australia for their involvement in the ball-tampering episode that rocked Australian cricket in March, barring them from participating in international cricket and all domestic cricket run by the national body.

Playing for Sutherland, Smith scored a relatively patient 85 off 92 balls, but his innings was cut 15 short of a century. His innings featured six fours and a six against Mosman.

Warner brought up his century off 98 deliveries and went on to remain unbeaten on 155, whacking 13 fours and two sixes in his 152-ball knock. What made his effort more commendable was that he was facing an attack featuring Test bowlers in Josh Hazlewood and Trent Copeland.

Both matches were well attended, with spectators for the Sutherland’s game against Mosman attracting a crowd of more than 1000.

Since their suspensions, Warner and Smith have played in the Canada Global T20 League and the Caribbean Premier League. Their international suspensions will remain until March 28, 2019. They will miss the entire home summer of international cricket, but would want to score heavily in grade cricket so as to keep themselves in the selectors’ radar with the World Cup 2019 set to start in May in England.

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