Published: Sun, October 28, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

'No barrage': Twist as club responds to Warner-Hughes sledge saga

'No barrage': Twist as club responds to Warner-Hughes sledge saga

David Warner's decision to walk off mid-innings in a Sydney grade game was sparked by "hurtful" comments from the brother of ex-Test teammate Phillip Hughes, who died in 2014 after being hit by a ball, his wife said Sunday.

Warner, who was a friend and team-mate of Phillip, is serving a 12-month ban from worldwide and state cricket for his role in a ball-tampering plot against South Africa at Cape Town in March.

Jason Hughes, the brother of late Australia batsman Phillip Hughes, is reported to be the player who came out with remarks that Warner felt crossed the line.

The on-field sledging was from Jason Hughes, who labelled Warner a "disgrace" and 'weak'.

Before this incident, on Friday, Warner announced that he will play in the seventh edition of the Bangladesh Premier League early next year.

Warner has a reputation as a sledger in global cricket but his wife claimed what was said to him in the club match went too far.

"However, David was taken aback by the comments and thought they went a little bit too far so he made a decision to remove himself from the game", she told Channel Nine.

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

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But, it is believed that the Western Suburbs players allowed Warner to return to the crease as they didn't want him to end his innings in such a way.

"I won't go into more detail than that".

Cricket Australia has been accused of fostering a win at all costs culture by offering substantial win bonuses.

'I apologise for my part and take responsibility for it. "It was hurtful, very hurtful".

"I'm not going to get into what was said yesterday, but it went too far".

Phil Hughes and Warner were close, rising through the ranks as elite junior cricketers from NSW before both going on to wear the baggy green.

'He felt what had been said was very offensive to him but he realised that he had to play.

It comes after Warner was banned from worldwide and state cricket in March after a ball-tampering scandal.

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