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Is there any rift between David Warner and Steve Smith despite the ball-tampering scandal, here's the truth

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 30 June 2018, 17:23 IST

Australian star batsman David Warner has spoken publicly at the Canadian Twenty20 tournament, opening up on his rift with banned skipper Steve Smith.

David Warner claimed that the pair are friends despite the ball-tampering scandal that saw both guys handed 12-month bans by Cricket Australia.


The international and domestic ban do not apply to the matches outside Australia and Warner made his competitive comeback 24 hours after former Australia skipper Steve Smith in the inaugural Global T20 Canada.

As per reported in the Guardian David Warner cited that “Definitely, it has been tough. Not just for me but for my family and also the fans who support Australian cricket,”. “I’m responsible; that’s my fault.

“I’ve had some tough times but I’m an adult; I’ll move forward and make sure I do the right things at the right time.”

“Everyone is entitled to their opinion ... if I look back at everything that has happened and the sanctions that have been handed down by the ICC, it is what it is,” Warner said.

“Critics will be critics and that’s why they’re behind the keyboard, so we’ll move forward and try to ignore that.”

“That’s just what happens, you’re always going to get that impression [of a rift],” Warner said. “But we’re good mates, if you’re at the [player] hotel you will see us hanging out with each other.

“We haven’t been able to [have a lengthy] catch up because he’s been away and Cameron [Bancroft] has been in Perth and I’ve been doing my thing with my family at home.”

“I’ve got time to think over the next nine months what my future holds,” Warner said. “These 12 months are going to be a good [chance] to reflect on myself as a person, as a dad and a family man.

“I’m extremely grateful for cricket and what it has brought me; the game owes me nothing.”

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First published: 30 June 2018, 17:13 IST
 
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