David Warner lasts two balls on return to cricket at Global T20

Former Australia vice-captain is serving a 12-month suspension from Cricket Australia for his role in the ball-tampering scandal

Toronto Nationals' Steve Smith bats in the second inning against the Vancouver Knights in a Global T20 Canada cricket match in King City, Ontario, Thursday, June 28, 2018. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)

David Warner's return to cricket lasted just two balls as the former Australian vice-captain was dismissed for only one in his first game since the ball-tampering scandal.

Warner, 31, is currently serving a 12-month ban handed to him by Cricket Australia for his role in the incident which came to light during his country's Test Series with South Africa in March.


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However, Warner and former Australian captain Steve Smith, another who is banned due to the scandal, are free to play in the Global T20 Canada and it was in that tournament where Warner made a disappointing comeback on Friday.

Opening for the Winnipeg Hawks, Warner was clean bowled by Lasith Malinga's first ball of the second over having made just one.

It was Warner's first innings since the third Test in Cape Town three months ago. The Hawks did go on to win the game, beating Montreal Tigers by 46 runs.

Smith, who is playing for the Toronto Nationals, fared better on his return to competitive cricket after making 61 off 41 balls on Thursday.