Steven Smith David Warner return to Sydney grade cricket

David Warner finds a reason to smile during a club game (Getty Images)ESPNcricinfo– David Warner and Steven Smith, who had been banned from playing international and domestic cricket for 12 months by Cricket Australia for their roles in the Newlands ball-tampering incident, marked their returns to grade cricket in Sydney with a 98-ball hundred and a 92-ball 85 respectively on Saturday.Warner, turning out for Randwick-Petersham in the NSW premier cricket competition, reached the milestone when he clipped St George’s Josh Hazlewood, who was returning from injury, behind square leg. He celebrated his century with his trademark leap in front of his family. Smith fell 15 short of a hundred for Sutherland, in his first match after returning from an abdominal strain that had sidelined him from Barbados Tridents’ last three matches in the Caribbean Premier League.Former Australia allrounder Shane Watson was set to team up with Smith at Sutherland but a calf injury forced him to pull out of the game. Watson spoke glowingly of the crowd – reportedly more than 1000 were in attendance at Glenn McGrath Oval.“To be able to see so many people come along to a grade game is incredible,” he told the Canberra Times. “We see the crowds that come along to a Sheffield Shield game or a JLT Cup [game] as well, it’s nothing compared to this. It’s very impressive.“The support he [Smith] got today shows everyone makes mistakes and that people do forgive. How Steve has handled it is how you’d expect from someone who cherishes playing for Australia; appreciates the privilege that he’s had. This is just another step along the way for him most importantly getting back in the Australian team.”Steven Smith clicks a selfie with fans during a club game (Getty Images)Sutherland captain Williams, who shared a 50-run stand with Smith, said: “Obviously it was set up ideally for Steve to come in and control the innings. The atmosphere just kept building up and up as the innings went on.“The noise they made. The anticipation when they were clapping us along. The long pause when the wicket fell for Smithy as he was coming down to the gate is something you’re not used to every week.”Warner and Smith will be pleased to have scored runs after particularly lean stints in the Global T20 Canada and the subsequent CPL. They will continue to play grade cricket and are set to go head-to-head at Coogee Oval in November. They will not feature in the Sheffield Shield, though, after New South Wales opted against challenging the ban imposed by CA. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSmith, Bancroft will not challenge ball-tampering sanctionsApril 4, 2018In “Sports”Warner and Bancroft to commence returns through NT Strike LeagueMay 29, 2018In “Sports”‘I have come to terms with everything’ – SmithMay 4, 2018In “latest news” read more

I dont understand why Labour is taking all the hits in government

first_imgPAT RABBITTE has admitted his frustration that Labour is attracting a disproportionate amount of the blame from the public about the performance of the government.In an interview with, Rabbitte said he was “concerned” that voters seemed prepared to punish Labour to vent their anger at the country’s direction, while Fine Gael’s share of the vote continue to hold up.“I understand that people are suffering from austerity fatigue. I understand that perfectly well,” he said.“I don’t understand quite so well why the Labour Party should take all the hits. I don’t understand that.”Opinion polls last weekend suggested Labour would command 11 per cent of the vote if a general election was to be held, down from the 19 per cent it won in 2011 – while Fine Gael, which holds twice as many Dáil and cabinet seats, would still manage 26 per cent, down from 36 per cent at the last election.Rabbitte recalled remarks from his predecessor as Labour leader, Dick Spring, who was the last Labour leader before Eamon Gilmore to lead the party in government during the ‘Rainbow Coalition’ in 1994-1997.Spring had said his party “had 9 per cent of the vote, and 90 per cent of the blame,” Rabbitte said.The communications minister said, however, that Labour’s own parliamentary representatives were satisfied with their performance in power – saying they had recorded “a number of important achievements in this government”.“The Labour parliamentary party has demonstrated considerable maturity in affirming the stance that we are going to perform for five years in government, in the hope and in the conviction that there will be an economic upturn and we will have rescued the country from the perilous condition in which it was when we came in,” he said.Asked if he believed any more Labour TDs might resign the party whip over some of the policies they were asked to support, Rabbitte quipped:Predictions are very difficult, especially if they’re about the future. So you can never say never.However, the Dublin South-West TD paid tribute to his first-time colleagues who he said had recognised that people had voted for Labour in big numbers, in some areas which had not historically been Labour strongholds.“There was never a vote in the 100-year history of the Labour Party such as in 2011, and the deputies interpreted that as being a vote for government and to do things in government. They’re staying the course,” he said.Rabbitte also remarked that it was “very odd” that Colm Keaveney had been so keen to remain on as chairman of the Labour Party while being outside its parliamentary ranks, but said the fact he was permitted to stay on was “a defect in our constitution rather than a defect in Colm Keaveney”.Brendan Howlin: Labour will quit coalition if its influence is not strong enoughlast_img read more