Premier Cricket

Warner confirms Premier return

Australia batsman David Warner will open the NSW Premier season with Randwick Petersham


16 May 2018, 09:28 PM AEST

Disgraced Australian opener David Warner will attempt to get his cricket career back on track by playing the start of the Sydney Premier Cricket season with Randwick Petersham.

Club president and ex-Test fast bowler Mike Whitney told the Southern Courier the batsman had committed to at least "the first three of four" matches for the club.

He will also be involved in pre-season training and helping with the club's youngsters.

"We're delighted to have him," Whitney said. "He's one of the best players Australia has had since World War Two.

"He's been speaking to one of our club officials and he has committed to the first three or four rounds of the season. Why it is only three or four rounds at this stage, I don't know.

"Everyone is excited to have him. He will be great in the changing rooms with younger players."

Whitney had reached out to Warner last month after the 31-year-old's 12-month Cricket Australia ban for his role in the ball-tampering fiasco in South Africa.

Warner has been on the books at Randwick Petersham since 2013-14 after joining from the neighbouring Eastern Suburbs club.

But he's rarely been sighted for the club due to state, international and Indian Premier League commitments.

The Cricket Australia ban extended to state matches, with the three players at the centre of the controversy – Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft – only able to ply their trade in grade cricket during the suspensions.

Warner and Bancroft are also candidates to turn out for the NT Strike League in Darwin.

Bancroft was this week cleared to play in WA's Premier Cricket competition after his club Willetton were granted a special exemption by the WA District Cricket Council from a by-law that enforced the CA sanction at club level.