All is forgiven? Smith and Warner pack Coogee Oval for grade match

10 November 2018 6:50 AM

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Randwick Petersham expected a big turnout given the star batsmen on display. Their estimate of 2000 to 3000 was quickly surpassed at the scenic ground.

"I think I would have to go back to the 1970s or early ’80s when I was playing first grade we would have had something like it," former Test quick and Randy Petes president Mike Whitney said.

Banned for a year from representing their country and state, Smith and Warner are consigned to Sydney first grade, a novelty that fans couldn't ignore.

The crowd began to grow as Warner walked out to open the batting for the hosts at 10am as word got around.

“Yeah we’re batting and Dave Warner is walking out now, tell dad to come down,” one of the crowd said on his phone. “I’ll ring when he gets out.”

Warner didn’t last long, caught at backward point from the bowling Austin Waugh - son of former Australian captain Steve, who was on hand - for 13.

Smith was just metres away in the slips cordon, and rolled his arm over for a few overs of leg spin, taking the crucial wicket of Daniel Bell-Drummond for 106.

Most notably, the response to the pair was overwhelmingly positive - an indication that they've been forgiven by the cricketing public, if not the sport's overlords.


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