Warner happy to be back out on the field

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Lasith Malinga may have terminated his comeback to competitive cricket after just two balls but David Warner was delighted to be playing again.

Warner is playing in the Global T20 Canada for the Winnipeg Hawks with his earnings to be donated to charity.

The opener is serving a ban from his home board Cricket Australia who handed down the anction for Warner’s role in the Newlands sandpaper ball tampering saga that has also sidelined Cameron Bancroft and Steve Smith.

He finished on the winning side as the Winnipeg Hawks, led by fifties from Ben McDermott and Darren Bravo posted 203/4 against Montreal Tigers, before Dwayne Bravo and Junaid Siddiqui, the Canada leg-spinner, took three wickets each to settle a 48-run win.

Speaking after the game Warner said: “It’s good to be on the field, a smile on my face, and a bunch of guys I haven’t played much cricket with. These tournaments are exciting.

“[The tournament is about] getting back into the rhythm of cricket again, making sure I’m putting my best foot forward in this tournament, making sure I’m putting 100 per cent effort all the time, giving advice to the guys who don’t get an opportunity to play on a big stage, and just to compete.

“It’s been a long three months for myself, thinking I won’t be here [playing cricket]. It’s a good opportunity. I’m excited.”

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Warner is keen to take what positives he can from an experience that he admits has been torturous for him and his young family.

The opener took responsibility for what happened, admitting that being forced out of the bubble of playing for Australia will be good for him as a person.

He said: “I’m an adult, I’m big, strong, I’ll move forward and keep continuing to move forward and making sure I’m doing the right things at the right times to keep playing the best cricket I can.

“There were a lot of mental scars after the Ashes and that probably saw my form [dip] and maybe [for] Steve as well in the one-day series against England. It takes a lot out of you, and moving onto South Africa and what happened, it was really tough. We’re responsible for that and we’re moving on.

“The bubble we’ve been in for the last six or seven years, you need time out and I think these 12 months are going to be a good reflection upon myself as a person and a character, as a dad and a family man. The last 12 weeks have been tough, but it’s enabled me to spend a lot of time with my family, and that’s something I’ll always cherish every day.”

Warner and Smith are not expected to return to international cricket until just before the 2019 World Cup.

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